Head Coach of Nigeria’s senior national football team, Stephen Keshi, has been sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), a statement by the NFF Executive Committee obtained by the Street Journal on Sunday says.
The statement issued by NFF’s 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, on behalf of executive committee, said NFF took the decision after thoroughly reviewing the reports/findings of its Disciplinary and Technical and Development Committees.
It said Keshi’s “actions and inactions’’ in the performance of his duties as the Eagles’ Head Coach, were found to lack the required commitment to achieve the federation’s objectives as set out in the coach’s employment contract.
“To this end and pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the Employment Contract between Mr Stephen Keshi and the NFF (The Contract) and the various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect,” the statement said.
It explained that the termination of the coach’s contract was “without prejudice to the settlement of any existing and due financial obligations between the NFF and Keshi and the decision was not taken lightly or with any prejudice, but in the ultimate interest of Nigerian football.’’
Meanwhile, it said the Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf and the Head of NFF’s Technical Directorate and the Eagles ex-Coach, Shaibu Amodu, are to jointly manage the team, pending the appointment of a new Head Coach.
The NFF also thanked Keshi for his services to the country and wished him the very best in his future endeavours.
It would be recalled that about a fortnight ago, the Federation began investigation of Keshi’s alleged application for the vacant position of Chief Coach of the Ivory Coast Senior National team.