Former Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says he wants the vacant Black Stars job and insists he can help Ghana win the Afcon trophy which has eluded them in over thirty years. The boss, as he is fondly called by the football fans in Nigera, was quoted as saying ten countries were begging him for a coaching job shortly after the Super Eagues lost to the Sudanese team, breaking a 50- year old record.
The Ghana FA are in the concluding stages of assessing three Europeans who were vetted in the last fortnight and are scheduled to make an announcement of their final decision soon.
And Keshi has told a Ghanaian radio station that he will be interested if offered the job.
“I would love to coach Ghana. Having the opportunity will be great,” he told Happy FM in Ghana’s capital on Monday morning.
“I have not spoken officially to anyone but I will love to lead this team,” Keshi said, going further to say that his record spoke for itself.
The former Super Eagles captain’s position in his native country is not clear at the moment – he was sacked after their last Afcon qualifier, but a self-proclaimed new NFF regime says he is still in charge – as political wrangling threatens to disrupt Nigerian football.
Winning the Afcon A generation of Ghanaians have never seen their vaunted country ever win a trophy, but the 52-year old Nigerian is sure in his ability to end that streak.
“Of course if I get the chance to coach the team, the target will be the Africa Cup of Nations. The country has not won the title in a long time and I know Ghanaians are desirous of winning the cup.”
“But like I said, we have to look at getting the job first. I want to coach the team if the opportunity is there.”
The Black Stars are on the verge of qualifying for yet another Nations Cup tournament next year, after getting themselves top of their group ahead of Uganda, Guinea and Togo.