Oct 17, 2014 – “We Fired Keshi Because Nigerian Fans Wanted To Kill Him” – NFF President
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has released another version to the story that led to the abrupt sack of Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi.
NFF’s President Amaju Pinnick said that Keshi was fired to safeguard him from the wrath of angry Nigerians, who were on the brink of lynching him during Wednesday’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Sudan.
Pinnick and other NFF Executive Committee members watched with awe, as fans pelted Keshi with water bottles and stones as they demanded for the head of the 2013 AFCON winner at the Abuja National Stadium, venue of the match, which Nigeria won 3-1 to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next year’s tournament in Morocco.
Chants of “Keshi must go:, “sack Keshi” and “we don’t want Keshi again” rented the air as fans went overdrive in their bid to get their voices heard by the NFF, who swiftly swung into action in the wee hours of yesterday by axing the former Togo and Mali coach.
NFF said Keshi’s personal safety is considered more important than his position.
The have replaced him with Shaibu Amodu, the former coach of the team.