By Nnamdi Ojiego

The Nigerian national coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has reportedly tendered his resignation letter to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, in less than 24 hours after he guided the Super Eagles to 3rd Afcon glory in South Africa.

According to, Keshi’s resignation was as a result of his purported sack by the federation before the quarter final match as NFF had booked a plane back to Nigeria as soon as they found out that Eagles would play the star-studded Ivory Coast.

Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi (C) celebrates at the end of the African Cup of Nation 2013 quarter final football match Ivory Coast vs Nigeria, on February 3, 2013 in Rustenburg. Nigeria won 2-1. AFP PHOTO
Nigeria’s head coach Stephen Keshi (C) celebrates at the end of the Afcon 2013 quarter final match against  Ivory Coast  Nigeria won 2-1. AFP PHOTO


According to the website, Keshi had claimed on Metro FM that “he heard about the arrangement made by the NFF after the Mali game, and that he did not want to take it to mind as it would have affected his teams preparations.” also said that the Super Eagles handler had informed it few days before the final, that he would ‘pack his bags and leave’ if he felt he was not wanted.

Meanwhile, Keshi’s resignation letter still has to be discussed by the NFF. However, the coach says he is unlikely to change his mind, because he believes that NFF did not trust and respect his tactics as a coach.


Comments expressed here do not reflect the opinions of vanguard newspapers or any employee thereof.