Tuesday, February 12, 2013

KESHI WITHDRAWS RESIGNATION AFTER SPORT MINISTER'S INTERVENTION

Coach of the Super eagles of Nigeria Stephen Keshi has withdrawn his resignation after the intervention of the sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi in his row with the Nigeria football federation.

Keshi's row with the NFF led to the fifty one years old coach announcing on South African radio, Metro FM, on Monday that he told federation he will no longer continue as the Super Eagles' head coach.

But the sports minister, who also chairs the Nigerian National Sports Commission (NSC), prevailed on the former Mali and Togo coach to withdraw his resignation.


In a statement signed by the former coach of Mali and which was made available to Premium Sports Centre, Keshi thanked the Sport minister for his swift and kind intervention and said he is happy to reconsider his position and continue with being the coach of the team

''My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as the Head Coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria.

While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON 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. 

I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job. 

I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention'' Keshi concluded

It is also believed that talks to broker peace between Keshi and the football federation will continue when the Nigerian team arrive in Abuja on Tuesday.


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