By Tony Ubani
As the Super Eagles prepare to storm Brazil for the World Cup, Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi hailed NFF President Aminu Maigari as the man that Nigerians should hold in high esteem for giving him the rare opportunity to coach the national team.
‘’I must thank NFF President Maigari for the great opportunity he gave to me to become Super Eagles coach. He had so much trust on me when many people treated me as an outcast. They told him not to hire me because I am a big boss. They said I was a mafia.
They told him I am not one to be controlled. That I am stubborn. Many people think that I am stubborn because I am outspoken. But Maigari said no and stuck to me.
I owe a lot to him. Without him, Nigerians would not have seen the little things we’ve achieved. He remains one person that I am ever grateful to. He has done so well for the team and provided virtually everything for us. I also dedicate my Matchmakers Award to my Assistant coaches. Without them, we would not have achieved anything.
They deny themselves of sleep to map out strategies for the success of the team. Sometimes, I sleep off in their many meetings. This award is not for me alone. I also thank the players who have been committed to the cause of our doing well. And to the Press, I say thank you. Though we disagree many times, I remain grateful for your invaluable criticisms which has kept me on my toes’’.