Nigeria 3-1 Sudan, Keshi May Bow Out On This Note

By Tunde Oyedele –


Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi may be sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, when the board holds an emergency meeting later tonight, Wednesday, 15 October in Abuja.

If the NFF members carry out their threat at the full board meeting, Keshi would be asked to go but the Big Boss won his last match by leading the Eagles to 3-1 victory against Sudan in the Maroc 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier, that means he would be bowing out on a high.

Thursday’s match saw gangling striker Ahmed Musa scoring a brace for Nigeria in the second half, Aaron Samuel also added his name on the scorer’s chat in his debut match for the country, while Sudan pulled one back at the Abuja National Stadium.

Despite the victory, gathered that the Melvin Amaju Pinnick-led new NFF board is hell bent to give Keshi the boots either the Eagles win or lose today’s match against the Sudanese side.

The new plan by the NFF is to employ a new coach to lead the Eagles for the remaining two matches against Congo in Brazaville and South Africa in Nigeria.

Keshi, whose problem with his employers started during the last regime, led by Alhaji Aminu Maigari, was castigated for being too heady because ‘he does not want interference in his team selections’.

Truly, Keshi’s team are walking tight rope in the AFCON qualifying series, having garnered just four points in the four matches played so far.

The Eagles started the qualifiers badly when they lost by 3-2 to Congo Brazaville in Calabar last month, and played a draw away to South Africa in their second match before losing by a lone goal to Sudan in Khartoum last weekend.

However, Keshi himself has given up, declaring in harsh words that he was ready to call it quits with the national team.

“I’m not afraid of sack, the job of coaching is about hiring and firing, so it’s not a big deal if I’m asked to go. I have given my best for Nigeria, but it’s regrettable that some people are sabotaging the Eagles”, Keshi enthused.

In terms of performance, Keshi carved a niche for himself even if this is end of the road for him as Nigeria’s coach.

After guiding the Malian national team to an enviable status for two years, Keshi took over the Eagles, and has led the team to win a handful of trophies, including the 2013 African Cup of Nations title; the country’s first continental cup in 19 years after his former boss, Clemense Westerhof did same at Tunisia 94 AFCON. He also led Nigeria to the round of 16 at Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Meanwhile, the jubilant Eagles have returned to their Hotel in Abuja, while all board members of the NFF are on their way for the crucial meeting, where Keshi’s fate would be decided few hours from now. will keep you posted on the decision taken by the NFF as soon as its board meeting in Abuja is over tonight, stay with us.

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