Nigeria – The two-year contract on Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi has been terminated on the grounds that “he does not have the required commitment” and Shuaibu Amodu will replace him with immediate effect, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has reported on Premium Times newspaper.
“Having completely reviewed the reports of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, and also having looked into the activities and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ head coach, which we found Keshi to lack the required commitment to achieve the federation’s objectives as set out in the coach’s employment contract,” the NFF said in a statement.
The NFF concluded that the organization had “chose to practice its alternative to immediately terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the Nigerian Football Federation with immediate effect”.
The NFF disciplinary board headed by Chris Green has been investigating the allegations that Keshi was connected to head the Ivory Coast club while under contract with Nigeria.
A year ago, Amodu also unseated Keshi as Nigeria head coach before the NFF were constrained to repeal this choice.
Amodu, who was a week ago officially appointed as the nation’s football technical director, will assume control as Nigeria new head coach to be aided by Salisu Yusuf in an interim term.
The plan is for Nigeria to appoint an outside head coach on a permanent basis.
However, it was learnt that the unveiling of Oliseh Sunday as the new NFF coach would go according to plan while the federation would comply fully with NSC directives on the matter.
The 53-year-old Keshi just started his second stretch as Nigeria head coach after his first contract expired, after he led the Super Eagles to the knockout rounds of the World Cup in Brazil a year ago.
In his first stretch, he also carried the Eagles to win a third Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 in South Africa, however, his relationship with his administrators was a disappointment for Nigerians.