Lagos - Nigeria on Thursday sacked Stephen Keshi as national team coach,
despite his side's home win against Sudan that kept them in the running
to defend their African title.
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The Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) said after an emergency meeting that former coach Shuaibu Amodu
would take temporary charge before a foreign manager is appointed.
Super Eagles were rock bottom of Group A in qualifying for next year's
Africa Cup of Nations after winning just one point in three matches but a
3-1 win against Sudan in Abuja on Wednesday lifted them to third.
about 52-year-old Keshi's future has refused to go away since the end
of the World Cup finals in Brazil in July, where Nigeria reached the
knock-out stages of the competition.
Keshi's three-year deal ran
out after the return from South America while he lost the support of
players after much-publicised rows with the likes of Emmanuel Emenike,
Peter Odemwingie and Ikechukwu Uche.
His record of five defeats,
five draws and just one victory in the last 11 matches has only
compounded dissatisfaction and led to calls for him to quit.
statement, the NFF said Keshi and his coaching staff had led Nigeria to
"glorious accomplishments" in the last three years and called the coach
and his assistants "true national heroes".
"However, in the
interest of Nigeria football and the desire to ensure qualification for
the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, the (executive) committee decided
to relieve them of their duties with immediate effect," it added.
approval was given for a consortium of coaches, led by Amodu, to lead
Nigeria in their remaining qualifying matches against Congo and South
Africa "after which an expatriate coach will be appointed".
re-appointment comes four years after he was sacked and stopped from
leading the country to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
This will be his fifth stint with the Eagles having first taken charge of the team in 1994.
56-year-old will be assisted by El Kanemi Warriors coach Salisu Yusuf,
who worked under Samson Siasia both with the Flying Eagles and Super
Eagles, and Gbenga Ogunbote of Sharks.
Their immediate task is to
secure a win against Congo in Pointe Noire to stay in the reckoning for a
place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in January.
have four points from as many matches while Congo are second on seven
points. Group leaders South Africa travel to Nigeria for the final
qualifying game next month.
Keshi's sacking comes despite NFF
president Amaju Pinnick saying this week that the football association
would not rush into a decision over Keshi's future.
"We want our
people to be patient and not stampede the federation to take knee-jerk
decisions that will backfire in the end," he said on Monday.