Why Stephen Keshi was sacked – NFF boss

by Isi Esene

New NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has given an insight into why Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi was sacked.

He said the decision was made effectively in the interest of Nigerian football and to keep Keshi’s hero status intact.

Keshi’s sack was announced on Thursday morning after leading the Super Eagles to a 3 – 1 win over Sudan in the team’s quest to qualify for the African Cup of Nations coming up in Morocco next year.

He said, “Does it sound right for us to say that the Eagles played for Keshi and not for the country? So if a new coach comes in now, what would they do? We took the decision in the best interest of the nation.

“We also saw a lot of things that had happened in the past as there were issues that bothered about security because it was from the beginning of our game against Sudan that a hero in Keshi was booed.

“We took this decision to save Keshi and let him know that he’s a hero and should remain a hero,” Supersport.com quoted Pinnick as saying on Friday morning.

The NFF president also added that Keshi and his assistants would be paid all their outstanding entitlements within two weeks.

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