ABUJA – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it has accepted the plea by its National Technical Director, Shaibu Amodu, for the return of Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles Head Coach.
A statement by Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Assistant Director (Communications), said the association’s Technical Committee accepted the plea to reconsider Keshi, made by Amodu on Monday.
Amodu had been announced on Oct. 16 to take over the senior squad, hours after the team’s 3-1 defeat of Sudan in Abuja.
However, in a letter dated Oct. 27 and addressed to NFA chairman Amaju Pinnick, through the Technical Committee Chairman, Amodu had pleaded that Keshi be reconsidered for the two matches.
He had said the time-frame available for him was “too short to tinker with the fabric of the squad or start to build a new one altogether’’.
The statement quoted the Chairman of the NFA Technical Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, as saying his committee had accepted the plea and forwarded same to the NFA Chairman.
“We have deliberated on Amodu’s letter, and after speaking with my committee members, we decided to accept it and informed the NFA Chairman of our approval.”
It also quoted Pinnick as saying on Friday that he had no objection to the proposal.
“I have never had anything against Keshi as a person. Amodu is someone we all respect and, since that is his opinion and the Technical Committee has approved it, so be it.
“I have always said the work of the committees would not be interfered with. We will give the committees the independence to do their work for optimum results.
“I am also assuring Nigerians at home and abroad that the NFA will give Keshi all the necessary support to successfully prosecute the crucial matches,” the statement quoted Pinnick as saying.(NAN)