Stephen Keshi sacked as Nigerian national team coach

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Stephen Keshi is officially out as manager of the Nigerian national team.

The former Super Eagles boss came under fire recently when his name was on a shortlist of candidates for the vacant Ivory Coast managerial position, despite being under contract with Nigeria.

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While Keshi claimed an agent entered his name for the Ivory Coast job without his knowledge, it wasn’t enough to keep his post.

Below is a section of the statement released by the Nigerian Football Federation:

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.

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.”

Keshi is an accomplished manager, the only man to lead two different African nations to a World Cup, doing so with Togo and Nigeria. Despite his success, he has always had off the field issues with the federations, having three separate stints as manager for both of those countries.

He won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria as a player in 1994 and led the Super Eagles to the title as a manager in 2013. The day after the title win in 2013, Keshi resigned. The day after that, he reversed his decision and said he wanted to stay.

Is Keshi actually gone for good this time? Who knows.