Abuja - The process for the return of Stephen Keshi as Head
Coach of the Super Eagles appeared complete on Friday after the Nigeria Football
Federation Technical Committee accepted the recommendation for his
reconsideration, made by Coach Shuaibu Amodu on Monday.
Amodu was announced to take over the senior squad on October
16, hours after the team’s 3-1 win over Sudan in Abuja only took it to third
place in the Group A table of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying
However, in a letter dated 27th October, 2014 and addressed
to NFF President Amaju Pinnick through the Chairman of NFF Technical Committee,
the 56 –year old tactician pleaded that Keshi be reconsidered for the two
matches as the time –frame was too short to tinker with the fabric of the squad
or start to build a new one altogether.
“As Technical Director of the NFF, I am ready and willing to
help build a better relationship among Keshi (with whom I have enjoyed good
working relationship in the past and who is still very close to me), the
players and the NFF Technical Committee,” Amodu wrote, inter alia.
Speaking on Friday morning, Chairman of the NFF Technical
Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, said his committee has accepted the plea and
forwarded same to the NFF President.
“We have deliberated on Coach Amodu’s letter, and after
speaking to my committee members, we decided to accept it and informed the NFF
President of our approval.”
On his part, NFF President Amaju Pinnick simply said 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, so be it.“I have always said that the work of the
committees will 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 NFF will give Keshi all the necessary support to successfully
prosecute the two very crucial final matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
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