Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi and his assistants have their jobs on the line as they face Rwanda in Saturday’s Nations Cup qualifiers at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
A generous win will almost certainly settle the frayed nerves of Nigeria Football Federation officials who are uneasy with the hardscrabble success the team has posted under coach Keshi. On arrival from Malawi the NFF bigwigs told Keshi and his crew to get a good result against Rwanda, otherwise the NFF may be forced to take a hard look at his role with the national team.
“The Eagles coaches held a meeting with the NFF in Abuja. There it was made plain to them the importance of wining the game.
“It is a knock out match unlike the world cup where you still have the chance to make amends,” said NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire.
Nigeria failed to qualify for the Nations Cup 2012, after the team fluffed a 2-1 lead at the last minute against Guinea at the National Stadium in Abuja last October. It led to the sacking of coach Samson Siasia and the hiring of Keshi.