Abuja - Nigeria
coach Stephen Keshi will no longer be solely responsible for selecting players
for the country’s senior men’s national team, the Super Eagles, president of
the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has announced.
44-year old NFF president says invitation of players to the Super Eagles will
now be done by Keshi, in consultation with the technical study group led by
former captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and also the technical department led
by former Super Eagles coach, Shuaibu Amodu.
coach doesn’t have that liberty anymore to say he wants to bring a particular
player in," Pinnick said. "The only people that are not really working well now
is the technical study group.
a process and he (the coach) doesn’t have that liberty anymore to bring a
player in, we must look at all the players and be referred to the technical
department and they must be good enough," Pinnick added.
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bizarre as Pinnick’s statement may sound, the NFF are within its powers to make
such declarations as clause 5.4 of Stephen Keshi’s two-year contract reads:
Head Coach shall select the best crop of players of the Super Eagles who are in
his opinion ready to excel in friendly and competitive games in consultation
with the Technical Committee and the Technical Study Group of the NFF".
the 53-year old Keshi is expected to accept the decision as he stated during
the signing ceremony of the contract in April that he was ‘satisfied with the
contents’ of the contract.