Super Eagles of Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi has moved to explain the reasons behind his declarations that he may leave his post after the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The ‘Big Boss’ shocked the football world while making the
announcement at a press conference in Durban on Tuesday but he has now
moved to explain his comments.
According to Keshi, he is not being appreciated for the good work he is doing. “It doesn’t really matter what people think about what Stephen Keshi is
The most important thing is what I am doing here and passing on
to my team. If back home in my country, they don’t appreciate what I am
doing with the team, so be it,” Keshi explained.
It was widely reported that Keshi fell out with top officials of the
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) following the Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw
against Burkina Faso in their opening game of the competition with the
former national team captain threatening to walk out on the team.
Keshi also hinted in a thinly-veiled remark that there is no love lost with the NFF officials.
“You can’t force somebody to love you. You can’t force somebody to accept you. It has to come from within,” he stated.
Following his 10-year coaching career that has seen him manage the
Togo and Mali national sides, Keshi stressed that he could be on the
move from his current post after the 2013 Afcon.
“We are all professionals. If God grants me (the Afcon title with
Nigeria today), the very next day, I might pack my things and leave for
“It is the same thing with (Jose) Mourinho and all the other top
coaches in the world. I could stay on and I could leave. It depends on
“I am a professional and we will see how it goes.
“This is where my heart is, I captained the Super Eagles for 14
years. I have been here as assistant coach. I am here for now but after
the tournament, we will see if there is any (offer) out there,” he