Brazil 2014: Foreign Assistant Will Be On Standby If Keshi Makes Request- NFF


Stephen-Keshi-Coach-Nigeria-Shengolpixs--300 (2)The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), says it has not taken a categorical stand on Stephen Keshi heading Nigeria’s coaching crew to the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

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Nigeria’s sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi last week announced that a “foreign technical assistant” will be drafted in to the Super Eagles backroom staff if Keshi makes such a request.

The NFF has now revealed that no decision has been reached in that regard as the federation was still in the process of appraising the performance of all the coaches under its employ.

“The minister (for Sport) has been like a father. He means well and I am sure his words are aimed at improving our national team even more. What he said was advisory and we are full of gratitude to him,” NFF’s technical committee chairman, Barrister Chris Green told

Green also revealed that the technical committee of the NFF would meet soon to reach a definite conclusion on the matter.

“Right now, we are still appraising what has been done so far and we have yet to come to any conclusion as to whether the team needs an assistant or not.

“However, all the coaches we have appointed for all our national teams have done very well in their various roles.

“However, we are always looking to improve and get to the very best level so as to favourably challenge the very best in the world,” he said.

NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari also discussed the issue with

“I am impressed with Keshi and all the national team coaches but I cannot make unilateral decisions.

“The technical committee of the federation will meet and recommendations will then be ratified by the executive committee,” he said.

Tribunesport recalls that Frenchman Phillipe Troussier, Shuaibu Amodu took Nigeria through the qualifiers of France ‘98 and South-Korea-Japan 2002 respectively only to be replaced by Bora Milutinovic and Adegboye Onigbinde at the World Cup finals.

Amodu again lost his post to Swedish Lars Lagerback at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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