The Nigeria’s national team coach, Stephen Keshi has lost the battle to stay on as Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) early Thursday morning relieved him of the job despite the 3-1 win over Sudan on Wednesday.
The NFF in a communique issued on Thursday morning said in the interest of Nigerian football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, it has decided to relieve Keshi and his assistants Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu of their duties.
The communique reads in parts: “In recognition of their contributions to the Nigeria game, the Executive Committee also approved that the trio of Keshi, Amokachi and Shorounmu should proceed to any coaching course of their choice in any country of their choice to build their capacity, at the expense of the NFF.
The NFF thanked Keshi and his assistants for thier services to the country and promised to pay them all owed monies within the next fortnight.
As contained in the communiqué issued after a meeting of the executive committee of the NFF, a consortium of coaches will lead the Super Eagles for ONLY the two concluding matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series (against Congo in Brazzaville and against South Africa in Uyo), after which an expatriate coach will be appointed.
The consortium, led by Amodu Shaibu, also has Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu. The team also has a new Coordinator in former international Garba Lawal, while Toyin Ibitoye is the new Media Officer and Godfirst Chike, the new Equipment Manager. Team Secretary, Enebi Achor, is retained. A foreign manager will later be appointed to lead the team.