Former Super Eagles captain, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has been named as the new Head Coach of Nigeria’s national soccer team, the Super Eagles. 49-year-old Keshi captained the national side when it won the African Nations Cup in 1994. He was also led the team to its first ever world cup appearance in USA in the same year. He is obviously not new on the coaching job, having handled national teams of West African countries, Mali and Togo.
He replaces his former team mate, Samson Siasia who was fired last week after the Eagles failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.
Street Journal gathered that members of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee unanimously agreed to appoint Keshi. The decision was taken at the meeting of the committee in Abuja on Wednesday. The Technical Committee of the Federation had earlier recommended Keshi as Siasia’s successor.
Street Journal gathered that Keshi’s contract runs till 2014 and he has been mandated to ensure that Nigeria qualifies for both the 2013 Nations Cup and the 2014 World Cup Finals.
The details of the contract are that the team must qualify for South Africa 2013 and reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
He will however be free to choose his assistant.