Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Why I resigned as Super Eagles coach – Stephen Keshi

The controversy trailing Stephen Keshi’s resignation as coach of the Super Eagles may have finally been laid to rest after he made his decision public while speaking with journalists in Brasilia, Brazil.
Stephen Keshi reportedly made public his intention after the Super Eagles’ painful loss to France in the second round of the World Cup currently holding in Brazil.
In an exclusive interview with the CableNG, Keshi gave an insight into why he is leaving the team saying: “Yes. I have done my bit. I am tired of all the intrigues and backbiting and insinuations I get. The criticisms are nothing really because even siblings criticise each other.
“In this job sometimes it goes overboard and my family and those of my players get called names. I have had to tell the players many times to ignore those criticisms and just focus on the tasks at hand,” he said.
When asked if it was remotely possible that he stays considering the fact that he is still loved by many Nigerians, he expressed his doubts saying: “The same ones who were calling for my head after the Iran match? That “the World Cup is too big for Keshi”? I know there are many who truly support what we have been trying to do over these past months but I just cannot continue in this job anymore.
“To start with, my contract ended with the last match and the Federation never approached me for a renewal. What does that say? It says to me I’m not wanted. I am going to go and rest, spend some time with my family and then hopefully get another job where I am wanted.”

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