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Shuaibu replaces sacked Keshi

16 October 2014, 11:03Israel Ojoko

Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has announced Amodu Shuaibu as the replacement for sacked Stephen Keshi to coach the Super Eagles for the two remaining Africa Cup of Nations qualifying games.

Keshi was sacked few hours after reviving Nigeria’s hope of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-1 victory over Sudan in Abuja on Wednesday.

The result put Nigeria on four points from four games, and in the third spot in Group A, with South Africa and Congo Brazzaville ahead.

NFF in a meeting after the victory over Sudan announced Keshi’s sack and his replacement.

Also read: Okocha defends Keshi

“The (NFF) Committee, unanimously, praised the excellent contributions of the technical crew of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, led by Stephen Keshi, to the glorious accomplishments of the team in the past three years, and hailed Keshi, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorounmu as true national heroes. However, in the interest of Nigeria football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, the committee decided to relieve them of their duties with immediate effect.”

“Committee also, unanimously, approved the appointment of a consortium of coaches to lead the Super Eagles for ONLY the two concluding matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series (against Congo in Brazzaville and against South Africa in Uyo), after which an expatriate coach will be appointed.”

“The consortium, led by Amodu Shaibu, also has Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu. The team also has a new Coordinator in former international Garba Lawal, while Toyin Ibitoye is the new Media Officer and Godfirst Chike is the new Equipment Manager. Team Secretary, Enebi Achor, is retained.”

Keshi has worked as an assistant under Shuaibu who his making his fourth return as coach.

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