Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Nigeria Football Federation has
terminated the appointment of Stephen Keshi
as Head Coach of the Senior National Football
Team, Super Eagles.
A statement by the NFF Executive Committee
on Saturday said this decision was made,
"having thoroughly reviewed the reports/
findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee
and NFF Technical and Development
Committee, as well as having reviewed the
actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in
the performance of his duties as Super Eagles'
Head Coach, which we found to lack the
required commitment to achieve the
Federation's objectives as set out in the
Coach's employment contract."
The statement further read, "To this end and
pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the
Employment Contract between Mr. Stephen
Keshi and the NFF (the contract) and the
various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football
Federation has decided to exercise its option
to summarily terminate the employment
contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the
Federation with immediate effect."
It added that the termination was "without
prejudice to the settlement of any existing and
due financial obligations between the NFF and
Mr. Keshi."
NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi
Akinwunmi, speaking on behalf of the entire
Executive Committee of NFF, assured
Nigerians that the decision was not taken
lightly or with any prejudice, but in the
ultimate interest of Nigeria football. He
thanked Mr. Keshi for his services to the
country and wished him the very best in his
future endeavours.
"In the interim, the Super Eagles' team affairs
will be jointly managed by Assistant Coach,
Salisu Yusuf and the Technical Directorate of
the NFF headed by Coach Shuaibu Amodu,
until the Federation names in due course a
new Head Coach, who, along with the NFF
will chart a new direction for the Super Eagles
to ensure credible participation in international
competitions and assist in building a
sustainable football culture for the country,"
said Akinwunmi.


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