Keshi rescinds resignation
Johannesburg - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has
withdrawn his resignation after he guided the country's team to a third
Africa Cup of Nations triumph, he said on Tuesday.
In a statement
signed by the coach and made available by the Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF), Keshi said he will continue as the Super Eagles' coach
after the country's sports minister intervened.
"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,"
according to a statement signed by Keshi.
"I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention."
51-year-old Keshi, who took over as Nigeria coach in November 2011 and
oversaw the team's 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in Soweto, South
Africa, on Sunday, has a four-year contract.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was hosting a special reception for the squad in Abuja on Tuesday.