Monday, 31 October 2011

Keshi cold to interim coach offer

The Technical Committee of the Nigeria
Football Federation may,. today,
announce Stephen Keshi as Samson
Siasia’s successor.
This is coming after officials of the
federation held discussions with Keshi.
But there are issues that they may
resolve before he would accept the job
The federation plans to appoint him as a
caretaker coach. The appointment
would, therefore, be on interim basis.
Keshi, we gathered, is cold to the offer
although he has, in principle, accepted to
train the Eagles.
However, the offer coming at a time
Togo and Rwanda were also after him,
Keshi is said not to be comfortable with
an interim job.
“It will not make for his absolute
concentration on his job,” his agent said,
adding “it is not about Keshi as a person,
it is about the job.
He needs to settle down immediately to
map out a four year programme or
thereabout and plan how to implement
them in stages. Appointing him interim
coach will not be good for him and will
also not be good for Nigeria. He needs
confidence to build a strong team.”
But a member of the Technical
Committee and one other Executive
Committee member all explained that the
interim appointment had to be made to
avoid the bureaucratic way of
appointing coaches. They assured that
on acceptance of the job, Keshi would
not stay long before he will be
confirmed the substantive coach.

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