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Keshi, NFF smoke peace pipe

10 May 2013, 07:25

Abuja - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi pledged his commitment to ensure a healthy working relationship with his employers in order to assist the country qualify for next year’s FIFA World Cup.

This follows a three-hour meeting between him, government and Nigeria Football Association officials.

In attendance were the minister Bolaji Abdullahi, NFF president Aminu Maigari, chairman of NFF Technical Committee Chris Green, NFF director of competitions Mohammed Sanusi, Keshi and NFF assistant director (media) Ademola Olajire.

In a meeting held behind closed doors, Keshi said he had long put the triumph in South Africa behind him and that was ready to work together with NFF to ensure the team qualified for the World Cup.

"I am happy to be back, ready and focused on the big challenge of qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals," Keshi said.

The sport minister charged the NFF leadership to forget the events of the past months and work very hard with the coach so as to succeed in achieving the set goal of reaching Brazil next year.

Keshi has recently come under the spotlight after seemingly falling out with several of his playing personnel like Emmanuel Emenike and captain, Joseph Yobo who was subsequently omitted from the Nigeria squad for next month’s FIFA Confederations Cup.

Earlier this year, Keshi quit his post after guiding the Super Eagles to gold in the African nations Cup in South Africa, but later reversed the decision following a meeting with government officials.

- CAJ News


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