Nigeria sack coach Keshi ahead of CAN 2017 qualifiers

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 5 Jul 2015

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Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi (Photo: Reuters)

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has terminated the contract of coach Stephen Keshi a few weeks after he was reportedly nominated to coach Ivory Coast.

The NFF announced late on Saturday that assistant coach Shaibu Amodu will replace Keshi in his post during the coming games of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"Having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the Coach’s employment contract," read a statement by the NFF Executive Committee.

"To this end and pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the Employment Contract between Mr. Stephen Keshi and the NFF (The Contract) and the various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect," the statement added.

"In the interim, the Super Eagles’ team affairs will be jointly managed by Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf and the Technical Directorate of the NFF headed by Coach Shuaibu Amodu, until the Federation names in due course a new Head Coach, who, along with the NFF will chart a new direction for the Super Eagles to ensure credible participation in international competitions and assist in building a sustainable football culture for the country," the statement concluded.

The 53-year-old tactician, Keshi who signed a two-year deal as Nigeria coach in April, ending months of uncertainty and speculation over his future after the team failed to qualify for this year's Africa Cup of Nations.

Then he has been reportedly linked with a move away from the Super Eagles to be in charge of Ivory Coast national team that made Nigeria football chiefs decided to look into reports that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi could be in the running for the vacant Ivory Coast manager's job.

Keshi, who has previously coached Togo and Mali, led Nigeria to the knockout rounds of last year's World Cup in Brazil and to a third Africa Cup of Nations triumph in 2013.

Nigeria are in Group G of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside Egypt, Tanzania and Chad. The group winners will qualify for next year's Gabon finals.

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