Lagos - Head coach of the Nigeria national football team
Stephen Keshi could be fired if rumours about his application to coach Ivory
Coast are found to be true.
The Nigeria Football Federation has reacted angrily to
reports that Keshi submitted an application to take over as Cote d'Ivoire's
coach while he was employed by the Super Eagles.
Vice chairman of the NFF's disciplinary Committee Iyke
Igbokwe told AfricanFootball, in no uncertain terms, that Keshi would lose his
job if the reports turned out to be true.
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"If it were proven that he indeed applied to coach Cote
d'Ivoire when he is still coaching the Super Eagles, then that is a breach of
"We will then recommend (to the executive committee)
that he be relieved of his job so that he could go and coach Cote
NFF president Amaju Pinnick said it would be suicidal of
Keshi to apply for another job while still being employed by Nigeria,
considering his already tenuous position as Nigeria's coach and the fact that
his salary has been fully paid up.
Keshi, for his part, has denied that he applied for the job
and the NFF stated if it the reports turned out to be false, they would take
action against the Ivoirians for trying to poach their employee.
"The truth is that if we find out that Keshi didn't
actually apply for the job we might have to take immediate action - including
taking them to CAF and possibly FIFA," an official from the organisation
was quoted saying.
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