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Keshi to coach Eagles against Congo, SA

25 August 2014, 15:02

Lagos - Stephen Keshi's agent has confirmed the former Nigeria captain will be on the bench for the two upcoming 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Keshi had decided to step down as Super Eagles head coach last week after a delay in negotiations over a new contract due to the ongoing leadership scramble in the Nigerian Football Federation.

However, according to Emmanuel Ado, who represents Keshi, the country's sport minister Tammy Danagogo has convinced the 52-year-old to take charge of the AFCON qualifiers against Congo and South Africa.

"I can confirm to you that after talks with the minister, Keshi will handle the Eagles in the games against Congo and South Africa, after that talks can resume," Ado told SL10.

Also read: Keshi focuses on 2015 AFCON qualifiers

"Keshi accepted to work with the agreement, knowing fully well that no one is really in charge of the NFF at the moment and the minister who has always been a fatherly figure held talks and he accepted.

"I want Nigerians to know that patriotism is key among what persuaded Keshi to accept to coach Nigeria in both games, it's a sacrifice we all as Nigerians should learn to make, once a while.

"However, nothing is agreed in terms of a new deal or contract and we won't let that distract us from the bigger picture, after the games talks will resume."

Nigeria will host Congo in Calabar on September 6, before they travel to Cape Town to face Bafana Bafana four days later.

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