Keshi to continue as Super Eagles’ coach after Nigeria’s sports minister …

| February 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

JOHANNESBURG: The Nigeria Football Federation said on Tuesday that national coach Stephen Keshi has rescinded his resignation and negotiations continue between the two sides following the team’s win at the African Cup of Nations.

Keshi and the Super Eagles, who beat Burkina Faso 1-0 Sunday to win the African Cup for the first time in 19 years, are due to return Tuesday to celebrations and a presidential gala in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Keshi’s resignation, which he publicly announced on a South African radio station Monday night, served as yet another major embarrassment for the country’s football regime, which has been surrounded by allegations of corruption and mismanagement for years. The federation issued a statement early Tuesday morning, labeled as being on behalf of Keshi, saying the coach had taken back his resignation letter.

“While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON (African Cup of Nations) 2013, which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation, I have since had opportunity to discuss the various issues with all concerned,” the statement quoted Keshi as saying. “I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job.”

The statement said Keshi thanked Nigeria’s Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi for “his swift and kind intervention.”

Abdullahi did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday from The Associated Press.

Keshi’s displeasure with the football federation had been hinted at for days. In an interview Monday with Metro FM, a radio station run by South Africa’s state broadcaster, Keshi said he turned in his resignation immediately following Nigeria’s win over Burkina Faso at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Keshi told Metro FM his decision step down stemmed from his anger over federation officials threatening to fire him just prior to Nigeria’s quarter-final against Ivory Coast.

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