Amodu’s plea brings back Stephen Keshi

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Shaibu Amodu
The
Technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF say they have recommended
the return of Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles coach, just because Shaibu Amodu
pleaded on his behalf.
On
Thursday, the NFF, in a press release from its chief media officer, Ademola
Olajire said, Shaibu Amodu, hired two weeks ago to take the Eagles through the
AFCON qualifiers against Congo and South Africa had written a letter asking
Keshi to return since there was little or no time for him to work on the team.
That
process appeared complete on Friday after the NFF Technical Committee accepted
the plea for his reconsideration.
Chairman
of the NFF Technical Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, said his committee has
accepted the plea and forwarded same to the NFF President.
“We
have deliberated on Coach Amodu’s letter, and after speaking to my committee
members, we decided to accept it and informed the NFF President of our
approval.”
On
his part, NFF President Amaju Pinnick simply said he had no objection to the
proposal.
“I
have never had anything against Keshi as a person. Amodu is someone we all
respect and since that is his opinion and the Technical Committee has approved,
so be it.
“I
have always said that the work of the committees will not be interfered with.
We will give the committees the independence to do their work for optimum
results. I am also assuring Nigerians at home and abroad that the NFF will give
Keshi all the necessary support to successfully prosecute the two very crucial
final matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.”

Amodu
was announced to take over the senior squad in the early hours of October 16,
hours after the team’s 3-1 over Sudan in Abuja only took it to third place in
the Group A table of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.
However,
in a letter dated 27th October, 2014 and addressed to NFF President Amaju
Pinnick through the Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, the 56 –year old
tactician pleaded that Keshi be reconsidered for the two matches as the time
–frame was too short to tinker with the fabric of the squad or start to build a
new one altogether.
Reports
in the media on Thursday, however claim that Keshi return was as a result of a
presidential order form Nigeria’s seat of power and the letter from Shaibu
Amodu was just a smokescreen.

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