Nigeria’s African Nations Cup-winning coach Stephen Keshi has
performed a U-turn and rescinded his resignation as boss of the
Keshi announced his decision to stand down on Monday, less than
24 hours after guiding Nigeria to their third continental crown
with a 1-0
win over Burkina Faso.
It had been reported Keshi had a falling-out with Nigerian
Football Federation (NFF) officials after they booked a flight home
for the squad ahead of their quarter-final against tournament
favourites Ivory Coast, a match they won 2-1.
However, following a meeting with Nigeria’s Sports Minister
Bolaji Abdullahi, he has been persuaded to carry on.
A statement from the NFF, labelled as being on behalf of Keshi,
read: “My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I
have resigned my appointment as head coach of Super Eagles of
“While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some
issues that happened in the course of our participation in the
AFCON which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning
my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation, I have since
had an opportunity to discuss the various issues with all
“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.”
It is a remarkable about-turn from Keshi who Monday told a South
African radio station that he had quit.
The 51-year-old appeared on Metro FM, part of public broadcaster
SABC, and said he had informed the NFF of his decision following
Metro FM presenter Robert Marawa tweeted: “Stephen Keshi has
just announced that he handed over his resignation letter after the
game exclusively on 083Sport@6 With Marawa on MetroFM”.
Keshi is only the second man to win the Nations Cup as a player
and a coach – following Egypt’s Mahmoud El Gohary.