Nigeria coach rescinds resignation

Nigeria’s African Nations Cup-winning coach Stephen Keshi has

performed a U-turn and rescinded his resignation as boss of the

Super Eagles.

Keshi announced his decision to stand down on Monday, less than

24 hours after guiding Nigeria to their third continental crown

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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

Nigeria.

“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

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.”

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

the final.

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.