Less than 24 hours after he led the Super Eagles to victory at the just concluded African Cup of Nations, Coach Stephen Keshi has announced his resignation as coach of Nigeria’s national team. The coach made the announcement on Monday evening that he turned his resignation in shortly after the victory over the Stallions of Burkina Faso as he stated that he had been sacked prior to the match against the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire. Keshi said a flight had been booked for the team’s return to Nigeria . ] Keshi said the Nigeria Football Federation does not respect his tactics as a coach.
Street Journal has however gathered that after an emergency meeting which took place on Monday evening, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) rejected the resignation. In a statement signed by the Head Coach of the Super Eagles not so long after, he made it known that he was reconsidering his stand. The statement reads in part “while I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON 2013, which my team won by the grace of God, especially with my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation, I have since had opportunity to discuss the various issues with all concerned. I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and I have decided to continue with my job”. Keshi also thanked the Minister for Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi for his “swift and kind intervention”.