Keshi stays put after u-turn

Nigeria's African Nations Cup-winning coach Stephen Keshi has performed a u-turn and rescinded his resignation as boss of the Super Eagles.

Last Updated: 12/02/13 at 10:47 Post Comment

Stephen Keshi: Has rescinded his resignation

Stephen Keshi: Has rescinded his resignation

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Keshi announced his decision to stand down on Monday, less than 24 hours after guiding Nigeria to their third continental crown with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.

It had been reported Keshi had a falling-out with Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) officials after they booked a flight home for the squad ahead of their quarter-final against tournament favourites Ivory Coast, a match they won 2-1.

However, following a meeting with Nigeria's Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi, he has been persuaded to carry on.

A statement from the NFF, labelled as being on behalf of Keshi, read: "My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as head coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria.

"While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning 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 have decided to continue with my job.

"I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention."

It is a remarkable about-turn from Keshi who on Monday told a South African radio station that he had quit.

The 51-year-old appeared on Metro FM, part of public broadcaster SABC, and said he had informed the NFF of his decision following the final.

Metro FM presenter Robert Marawa tweeted: "Stephen Keshi has just announced that he handed over his resignation letter after the game exclusively on 083Sport@6 With Marawa on MetroFM".

Keshi is only the second man to win the Nations Cup as a player and a coach - following Egypt's Mahmoud El Gohary.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property