UPDATE: After a meeting with Nigeria's Sports Minister, Stephen Keshi has withdrawn his resignation
The Nigerian coach has submitted his resignation to the Nigerian Football Federation, after a dramatic falling out, and states that he will not change his mind
The Nigerian football fraternity was dealt with a huge blow on Monday evening, when their coach Stephen Keshi announced his resignation from his job as the coach of the national team, just less than 24 hours after he guided the Super Eagles to Afcon glory at the National Stadium.
The coach did tell Goal.com a few days before the final, that he would 'pack his bags and leave' if he felt he was not wanted, and it is a surprising turn of events after the coach was highly praised from all quarters.
Wow ...time to sack all the corrupt a*holes in NFF
Good to bow out when the ovation is loudest
Nigeria will always be Nigeria
Can only wish him goodluck.
Good actors quit the stage whilst the ovation is loud.
I suppose a lot of us would play the hypocrite and ask him to put country before honour now, but the reality is that a lot of us pilloried him when we felt the team he picked wasn't going to make it through.
Either way, he is a grown up man and I wish him the best in the future.
A country where the good are heckled..
A country where the best are relegated
A country where the goons are heroes..
A country where the dregs are venerated.
A good blacksmith strikes when the iron is hot.
Let anybody talk about "patriotism", whether the N27Bn pension looter knew anything about patriotism when he was stealing us blind.
But for Providence, if the Eagles had lost last night, Keshi would be jobless by now. He is in position to call the shots now. Did we not read that they were owing him some two months' salaries? Would THEY not have preferred a foreign coach from whose pay they can cream off some lollies?
If they like, let them renegotiate a fresh contract with Keshi and if they like, let another African or European Nation snatch him right under their noses. What's important is that Keshi has placed his name in the history books yesterday that: "Veni, vidi, viki" (He came, he saw and he conquered!)
Anyone who has not encountered the diabolical and extremely wicked set up in Nigeria's public sector will never understand why Keshi has to quit. His likes hardly last there. Only the thieves and downright incompetent thrive over there.
I wish I know Keshi in person. I'd have advised him to hang in there and fight it out. His exit only gives the corrupt officials the leeway to wangle in their fellow dealers and wheelers with whom they're assured of maximum personal gains at our collective expense.
But then he's not a desperado...
Thinking about this some more, this is a great win-win move for Keshi. If they accept his resignation, he'll surely get another gig. His rant against 'white' coaches makes sense now.
On the other hand, if GEJ refuses (more likely scenario), he could use this opportunity to shine the light on the corruption in NFF, and win more free-hand for himself.
Great move, Keshi!!
I praise Keshi for his courageous decision. He has handled it really well. I have read Segun Odegbami saying the NFF consists of people who do not care about the game. They are there for other reasons than football.
Maybe...just maybe this action by Keshi would push the government into serious action to save our football. Keshi has made the point as well as the sacrifice.
There are too many people who should not be in charge of anything in Nigeria.
I am reading comments here and something hits me:
Ordinarily, what Mr. Keshi did by resigning is 'no biggie' - it is expected that ti iwaju o baa see lo, ehin a see pada si (if the forward-march is no more practical, one can march back). I didn't see the big deal of his decision to resign his position as a successful head coach to warrant heaping encomiums on him.
But then it occurred to me that his is Mr. Keshi, a Nigerian and an African, demonstrating a trait that is as un-Nigerian as it is un-African. The man showed a rare trait in class and integrity where many of his fellow Nigerians will fail at the same test. Perhaps, for that, he is deserving of the praise..in spite of our society.