Nigeria Hires Former Defender Keshi As Head Coach - AP

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Nigeria hired former defender Stephen Keshi as head coach of its national team Wednesday, five days after firing Samson Siasia following the failure to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

The Nigeria Football Federation appointed the 49-year-old Keshi, who was captain when Nigeria made its World Cup debut in 1994, to try and bring together a team demoralized following a string of scandals and disappointments in the past two years.

His hiring comes after the federation fired Siasia on Friday. Siasia's team drew with Guinea in the final round of qualifiers to miss out on the tournament, leading the federation to demand an explanation for what it called ''the embarrassment brought to the nation."

Despite Siasia offering a public apology, fans angry with a string of failures by the national team demanded his removal, as did federation officials.

Ironically, Keshi was fired as Togo coach in 2006 after the team failed to qualify for the African Cup. He coached Mali's national team this year, which also failed to qualify for the tournament.
Keshi was part of Nigeria's team that won the African Cup in 1994. He also played professionally in Belgium.

On Wednesday, Siasia told The Associated Press he was suing the football federation for a breach of contract. Musa Amadu, the federation's secretary general, declined to comment on the suit.
Nigeria once dominated football in Africa but its reputation has slid in recent years amid poor play and corruption scandals. The team was knocked out of the World Cup last year after losing two group matches and scraping a 2-2 draw with South Korea.

After the World Cup, investigators accused former federation president Sani Lulu, ex-vice president Amanze Ugbulam, former technical committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi and ex-general secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba of embezzling more than $6 million in tournament funding.

Meanwhile, Amos Adamu, a former Nigerian government sports minister, received a three-year ban from FIFA after allegedly demanding bribes to influence his vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

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Leke ewumi, Point of correction.

Keshi qualified Togo to World cup & Nations cup in 2006 but was sacked after he failed to take Togo beyond the group stage of that year’s nation’s cup. So, it was after the Nation cup that he was sacked. In Mali, he qualified them to Nation’s 2010 hosted by Angola. They lost out at the group stage by ‘head to head rule; after they tied with Algeria on point.
For SR, Adamu was never a sports minister in the history of Nigeria. This is how you feed us with wrong information about our President just to tarnish his image.

Leke ewumi, Point of correction!

Leke ewumi, Point of correction.
Keshi qualified Togo to World cup & Nations cup in 2006 but was sacked after he failed to take Togo beyond the group stage of that year’s nation’s cup. So, it was after the Nation cup that he was sacked. In Mali, he qualified them to Nation’s 2010 hosted by Angola. They lost out at the group stage by ‘head to head rule; after they tied with Algeria on point.
For SR, Adamu was never a sports minister in the history of Nigeria. This is how you feed us with wrong information about our President just to tarnish his image.

Keshi is a dubious business

Keshi is a dubious business man, he is going to merchandise our national team.Remember how he got Nigerian passport for Odartey Lamptey in order to smuggle him into belgium.We are watching your every move big boss...

Keshi

Keshi guided Togo to the 2006 World Cup but got sacked when Togo got knocked out in the group stage of the 2006 Nations Cup in Egypt. His second stint as the coach of Togo was not successful. He couldn't guide Mali to the 2010 World Cup and got sacked when Mali got knocked out in the group stage of the 2010 Nations cup in Angola.

Not expecting much from him as I feel he is not better than Siasia.

Anyway, I wish him luck.

 

@NFF

Which coach past or present have been good to Nigerian soccer?They all end up being critisized for one thing or the other.Keshi my broda,put in ur best and leave the rest to God.

Keshi as Chief Coach

Keshi will soon get his own bitter pills from inpatience Nigerians and disorganised and greedy NFF. Anybody is allowed to prove me wrong on this.

The NFF is a CULT

u either belong or u are thrown out. That was the fate of Siasia. Nigerians willnot waste time to pull the house just to make a point and siasia is just a victimmmmm.

Amos Adamu, NEVER A MINISTER IN NIGERIA ....

Pls SaharaReporters take note that Dr. Amos Adamu has NEVER been a Sports Minister in Nigeria, I won't tell U what he was. Pls, do your research very well b4 going 2 press. Thank U.

You are wrong Emmyson.What

You are wrong Emmyson.What are the keshi's achievements? He failed to qualify for African Cup for Togo,Mali and got fired in Nigeria once,and South Africa....So where is the fine soccer and successes coming from.Na wa o,i'm yet to understand what you know about successes.These are hard facts. I wonder why NFF made that decision.Its all about CORRUPTION.PERIOD.

Biased, Negative Associated Press

What an avalanche of negatives lumped together in a nine-paragraph story. The Associated Press was happy to inform us that Keshi didn't help Togo and Mali qualify for the African Cup. Didn't he? He took Togo to its first ever (and perhaps last time ever) appearance in the FIFA World Cup, first ever African Cup of Nations, and took Mali to the African Cup. Those records are not suitable for this news agency's typical agenda to demean Nigeria, Africa and the developing world. But why didn't Sahara Reporters edit out the gross from the wire report? Guess what Associated Press cannot change? Keshi is the coach of a football-mad nation, madly blessed with talents. His job? Bring order to the house. Go K-e-s-h-i!

Joke

What would be the difference between siasia and keshi? Corruption is the bane of nijas progress in all aspect.Even if we hire Mourhino,we still find ourself in the same position; until we are sincere about war on graft.

What made you think that you

What made you think that you are going to be enjoying Soccer now following the hiring of Keshi?

The same Keshi was fired by Mali for failing to qualify them for the same Nations Cup Siasia was punished for.
If you read the above story, you will also see that Keshi was fired in 2006 for failing to qualify Togo for the Nations Cup despite qualifying them for the World Cup in Germany 2006.

My brother Keshi is no better than Siasia, except that he (Keshi, as a player) planted the indiscipline amongst Nigerian players which sadly robbed Nigeria of the chance of going to the Nations Cup next year. So not condoning indiscipline is not the same as being incapable as you alleged.
We are watching.

Wrong informations

I don't think this write up was edited because how could you said Big Boss does not qualify Togo for Africa Cup in 2006 when he actually qualify them for World cup, you also said he did not qualify Mali for Africa Cup, he took them to nations cup but did not qualify from their group but remeber they came from 4 -0 to drew 4 -4. pls check your archive before writing an article.

I dont have anything against

I dont have anything against anybody for either hiring of firing anybody, but what I dont understand is, if Siasia was fired for the failure to qualify for the Nation's cup, why bring in another failure. uhhhhhhhhh,I am just wondering!

Glad Nigeria has gone local

Good or bad, he's a Nigerian coach. Football should be built from the grassroots locally. No short cuts. No foreign players who have learnt to play abroad. Build up players & infrastructure & stadia locally, and football will thrive, however long it takes to get to the big time.

NFF

Until NFF stops interfaring in coaching afare, we will not succeed.

Nigerians Saving Nigerians:

When Siasia was hired I knew

When Siasia was hired I knew that Nigeria would hardly qualify. Many Nigerians thought senior team is the same with under-age tournaments. No doubt, Siasia did well in under-age tournaments, but he is not capable of handling the senior team. It was a big mmistake to have hired him in the first place. With Keshi now incharge, Nigerians will see the difference between men and boys. we are going to begin to enjoy soccer now. Succees has come back to Nigerian socceer..

Is anyone surprised with our descent to Anarchy and oblivion?

Is anyone surprised about the state of our soccer?

When mediocrity and corruption rules a nation and promotion is by who you know, how much you have and what tribe or cult you belong to, do not ever, ever expect outstanding performance either in educational, recreational or political arena.

Success can never be ours in any venture we are involved in, until Nigerians accept and understand that standards and rules are meant to be enforced and obeyed. Our CITIZENS, SECURITY FORCES, CLERGY, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, LEGISLATURE and nearly ALL POLITICIANS of different hues and position, are all guilty.

Change is our only surety for advancement, otherwise, there is only one direction for us as a Nation; the rapid descent to Anarchy and oblivion!

AFP, Emos Adamu was never a

AFP, Emos Adamu was never a minister of sports in Nigeria.

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