Lagos - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi says he is
delighted to win the Coach of the Year award at the 2013 Nigerian Sports Award
In a well-attended ceremony at the Muson Centre, Keshi was
presented with the Nigerian Coach of the Year award while Victor Moses and
Perpetual Nkwocha won the Super Eagles and Super Falcons footballers of the
“I never thought of being nominated let alone being named
the Coach of the Year in Nigeria, the first time I will be receiving such an
award. I am overwhelmed and thankful to those who thought me good enough to be
so honoured, God will honour them”, Keshi said in a statement made available to
“I am happy that there are some people out there who are
taking note of our little contribution to Nigerian football and thought it wise
to give awards. The award will give me more energy, zeal and determination to
do more for football in Nigeria at the highest level”, he said.
Keshi then took time off to list those he thinks have been
instrumental to the national team’s success since he took over.
“I must give honour to whom it’s due, my employers, the NFF
have been very supportive of my programmes, I thank them for that, the coaching
crew and other staff I have worked with, the players who have been totally
committed, fans of the game who have been more than supportive and more
importantly God Almighty, without whom nothing could have been achieved.
The coach also said he was not shocked that Alhaji Aminu
Maigari, the NFF President emerged the Sports Personality of the Year. “He has
been an inspiration to football management in all spheres”, he said.