October 13, 2014

Why Keshi must go – Sports Editors

Why Keshi must go – Sports Editors

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi

The Guild of Sports Editors, the umbrella body of all managers of sports in the Nigerian media, has called for the immediate removal of Stephen Keshi as caretaker coach of the Super Eagles following Saturday’s disgraceful loss to Sudan in a 2015 AFCON qualifier in Khartoun.

The body wants the new executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation to ask Keshi to stay away from the team for the reverse fixture of the AFCON qualifier in Abuja on Wednesday.

‘The Guild feels Keshi should not be honoured with a place on the Super Eagles bench on Wednesday in the reverse fixture after toying with the emotions of over 100 million football loving Nigerians through his unnecessary arrogance, unguarded and sometimes insulting utterances as well as questionable invitation of players to the national team,”said the Guild’s president Tony Ubani in a statement on Sunday.

‘We also want the NFF not to re-open contract extension talks with Keshi who seems to have lost the motivation to take the Eagles beyond where they are now.’’

The body wants the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF to take a holistic look at football development in Nigeria starting with the leagues.

‘’The success of any country’s football depends on how it is able to develop its league to not only provide quality players for the various national teams but also provide employment for millions of Nigerians.’’

The body cited England who last won a major tournament some 48 years ago but its FA has developed its league to be the best in the world with millions of job opportunities for its people and wished the new NFF emulated them.

Ubani said: ‘’We demand a total restructuring   of the various leagues  and an enforcement of all laws guiding club football in Nigeria.

A situation where clubs do not have  youth teams  and where players’ salaries are not paid promptly cannot engender growth. We want the new NFF executive committee to be bold  in taking some decisions on the administration of football in the country,” Ubani said.