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NFF says Keshi will no longer select players for Super Eagles

19 June 2015, 10:15

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.

The 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.

"The 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.

"It’s 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.

Also read: Keshi says he'll miss Onazi after midfielder's suspension

As 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:

"The 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".

Meanwhile, 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. 

- News24


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