Nigeria re-appoint coach Keshi

Eslam Omar , Tuesday 21 Apr 2015

Nigeria's new coach has vowed for a fresh start with the Nigeria team, asking fans and players alike to help return the team to its best

Coach Stephan Keshi
Coach Stephan Keshi (Photo: AFP)

Stephen Keshi has finally signed a two-year contract on Tuesday to be Nigeria's Football team manager until 2017.

"It's a fresh start. We need the support of our fans, media and every Nigerian to help return the team to where we truly belong," Keshi told BBC Sport.

Keshi lead the Super Eagles since 2011 inspiring them to a surprising 2013 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON trophy.

“I remain confident that this time around we will see an improvement, change in attitude and positive results."

The 53-year-old tactician's last contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expired after the 2014 World Cup in which he led the team to a round of 16 finish.

He was also in charge as caretaker coach in their failed bid to the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

"As a coach and former player I was also hurt that we failed to qualify for the last Nations Cup," Keshi expressed.

There were speculations about the former Togo and Mali coach's future recently- he refused an NFF offer in March- though the signing on Tuesday confirmed it.

“I remain confident that this time around we will see an improvement, change in attitude and positive results," he added, referring to the 2017 AFCON in which his side has been drawn alongside Egypt, Tanzania and Chad in the qualifiers.

"To succeed we all need to come together as one because Nigeria belongs to us, this is not Stephen Keshi's team but our national team," he concluded.

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