Former Nigeria number 10, Etim Esin has lambasted the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for showing Super Eagles manager, Stephen Keshi the exit door in controversial circumstance last weekend.
“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.”
“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,” read part of the NFF statement.
Esin, in a no-holds-barred session with Nigerian Pilot Sports said Keshi’s sack is ‘’unprecedented and sensationally described the nation’s soccer ruling body as ‘’players’ haters.
“Let’s give credit to whom it is due, the same cabal that never wanted Keshi there want to take the glory. I’m disappointed in Shaibu, one good turn deserves another, law of karma is there. Let them beat his record as a player and coach. Let them de feed me as I’m a survivor.
‘’Keshi is always a pathfinder; God will find him another job. As a player and coach, they can’t beat his record, my skipper every disappointment is a blessing.’’
I wasn’t in Keshi’s good book when he was my captain, and I didn’t benefit from Keshi during his time as national team coach, but my opinion is the betrayal concept. Players haters ganged up just to get rid of him, ex internationals should wake up and take the job of managing football in this country. Michel Platini played the game to the highest level now he is charge of European football body, UEFA and helping to fight corruption in FIFA. The NFF should be probed.’’
Keshi, a former captain of the national team, led the side to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and also qualified the Super Eagles for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they reached the second round before losing to France.
Kishi’s contract was not renewed after the World Cup but he later returned on a match-by-match deal, which ended in November after failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup.
As caretaker coach, Keshi endured a turbulent 2014, in which he was sacked by the NFF and only reinstalled after intervention from then Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan.
The 53-year-old, who returned for his third spell in April, led his side to a 2-0 home win against Chad in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June, but has now been shown the exit door after less than three months in charge.

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