Keshi Resigns Then ‘Unresigns’

Posted on February 13, 2013 by


Earlier yesterday, we heard unconfirmed reports that the coach of the Nigeria Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi had handed in his resignation notice and planned not to coach the team anymore. Super Sport presenter Robert Marawa tweeted about Keshi’s resignation which he declared at a South African radio station, Metro FM:


But then the Nigerian football fans heaved a huge sigh of relief when the media reported that Stephen Keshi (after holding discussions with the sports ministry (particularly Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi)) had chosen to reconsider (read: withdraw) his stance on resignation.

Read his press statement below:

“My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as the 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 2013, 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.


Steven Okechukwu Keshi


12th February, 2013.”

You gotta commend Keshi on his subtlety. How else would you get what you want deserve from the government if you don’t threaten them? Good thing he had such a vantage position. I would have done the exact same thing.

Image credit: Guardian (UK Edition)

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