Stephen Keshi’s return to coach the Super Eagles have been terminated after just one game. As quoted by the NFF website:…

The Nigeria Football Federation has terminated the appointment of Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles. A statement by the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday said this decision was made, “having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the Coach’s employment contract.” The statement went further: “To this end and pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the Employment Contract between Mr. Stephen Keshi and the NFF (The Contract) and the various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect.” It added that the termination was “without prejudice to the settlement of any existing and due financial obligations between the NFF and Mr. Keshi.” NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, speaking on behalf of the entire Executive Committee of NFF, assured Nigerians that the decision was not taken lightly or with any prejudice, but in the ultimate interest of Nigeria football. He thanked Mr. Keshi for his services to the country and wished him the very best in his future endeavours. “In the interim, the Super Eagles’ team affairs will be jointly managed by Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf and the Technical Directorate of the NFF headed by Coach Shuaibu Amodu, until the Federation names in due course a new Head Coach, who, along with the NFF will chart a new direction for the Super Eagles to ensure credible participation in international competitions and assist in building a sustainable football culture for the country,” said Akinwunmi.

Why reinstate the former Eagles captain and sack him after just one game? Is this connected to the fact that he applied for the Cote d’Ivoire job? Or because of the 2-0 victory over Chad? This continuous discontinuation of the bench has to be curbed. Snail Sai Baba has no time for Nigerian football in order to save him like his predecessor. Away from the headaches of the National team, the Nigeria Premier League continues to add smiles to millions of Nigerians who crave for more in the local league. After game week 15 played on Wednesday, Sunshine returned to the top of the table with Enyimba’s away victory over Kwara United pushing the Elephants to 2nd spot. Wikki Tourists could only enjoy the top for three days as they were held at home to Giwa FC. Sharks continue to dig their feet in the murdy waters of relegation after they were pipped by Shooting Stars in Ibadan. Their Port Harcourt brother were also pipped by Elkanemi Warriors. The Oriental derby between Heartland and IfeanyiUbah ended in a favour of Heartland, while Bayelsa United were beaten in Aba 3-1 by Abia Warriors. Today, The league continues with the Abia Derby the juiciest of the fixtures. ThatEnyimbaFan has a preview for you. Other matches include: Dolphins vs Wikki Tourists, Giwa FC vs Heartland FC, IfeanyiUbah vs Shooting Stars, Sharks FC vs Nasarawa United, Bayelsa United vs Warri Wolves, Lobi Stars vs Sunshine Stars, Akwa United vs Rangers, Kano Pillars vs Elkanemi Warriors. Taraba FC drew 0-0 with Kwara United yesterday.

Small boys are in town. Enyimba vs Abia Warriors Match Preview.
Enyimba FC (via ThatEnyimbaFan)

The Abia Derby between Enyimba FC and Abia Warriors will be live on Super Sports 9 by 4pm Nigerian time. Don’t miss it. The two times African Champions are currently unbeaten in their last 8 games and look set to get the League trophy from Kano Pillars this season. You can get more information from the LMC website: www.npfl.ng That is all for Nigeria, till next week Enjoy.

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