The Nigerian national team coach Stephen Keshi has performed a dramatic U-turn on his decision to quit as Nigerian coach, with the Africa Nations Cup-winning boss revealing he will now continue in the post after talks with the Nigerian sports minister.
Keshi led the Super Eagles to a historical glory on Sunday for the first time in 19 years, the former defender revealed to South African radio station Metro FM on Monday that he had tendered his resignation and that was a shocking news to most Nigerians, just like the Pope announced his too.
But, in less than 24 hours later Keshi has reversed his decision following a meeting with Nigeria sports minister Boloaji Abdullahi.
A statement from the 51-year-old coach, released by the NFF, said: “My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as the 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 2013, which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation, I have since had 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.”
Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi carried by players
Keshi became only the second man – after Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary to win the competition as both a player and coach. There were loads of praises and heroic chants in respect to his achievement after ending Nigeria’s long wait for African Nations Cup glory, with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in the finals.
According to ESPN, Nigeria are currently top of their World Cup qualifying group for Brazil 2014, ahead of Namibia, Malawi and Kenya after two games.