Stephen Keshi has announced his decision to walk away from the Nigeria national team head coach job because of a delay in contract negotiations. The former defender’s contract with the Super Eagles ended after the 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil, but he was set to renew terms and guide the side in their quest to defend their Africa Cup of Nations title in Morocco.
With nothing confirmed ahead of their first of their 2015 AFCON qualifier early next month, Keshi has decided to explore his options elsewhere.
“Talks over a new contract shouldn’t drag on. I can’t wait any more – the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) is not serious,” “I have moved on. I can only wish the country well for the future.
“There’s a game in two weeks (AFCON qualifier against Congo), but no-one is thinking about it and at the same time they
expect you to win.”
He added that he is aware of NFF’s internal battle for control of the office, which has forced FIFA to step in, saying: “I understand the ongoing crisis facing the federation but the national team should not suffer from such at this crucial stage.
“Sadly, I also think attention is focused more on the upcoming NFF elections and the national team is simply not a priority.
“I’ve had about seven countries approach me in the last two months but I kept them all away. I love my country and I am aware of the dream our fans had of me taking this team to the next level.
“While acknowledging the efforts of some people involved in the negotiation, I think others probably have other important things to do.”