Move on with your life, Chukwu tells Keshi

Former Super Eagles coach Christian
Chukwu has told Stephen
Keshi not to bother trying to retain the
Nigerian national team coaching role.
This comes as former Nigerian captain,
Joseph Yobo has described Eagles
failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of
Nations kicking off next month, under
the stewardship of Keshi, as a bad
development. Keshi, who won the
African Cup of Nations as both a player
and a coach, was axed during Nigeria’s
2015 AFCON qualifying campaign. He
was subsequently recalled, but
was unable to steer his country to a
place in Equatorial Guinea.
The former Togo and Mali coach is
currently waiting for NFF to
give him a new contract, but former
coach Chukwu has advised
him to seek new pastures rather than to
wait around for the
Nigerian Football Federation to come to
a decision.
“Well, my candid advice to Keshi, you
know with all this
problems in the NFF, it will take a long
time for the association
to sit and start deciding anything about
the technical crew, I
think if he has a better offer anywhere
he is free to go and his
contract will be respected more outside
the country because I
am talking out of experience,” Chukwu
was reported as saying
by Megasport.
Speaking for the first time since the
tragedy in Uyo, Yobo said he
was pained that the reigning African
champions would not be
defending their trophy in Equatorial
Yobo noted that he expected the
coaches to have used younger
and talented players to prosecute the
AFCON qualifiers but
wondered what went wrong with the
“It is quite disappointing that the team
will not be at the Nations
Cup. It is disappointing for the country
as a whole. It is bad
thing. But we have to recover from this
“I spent about 13 years with the
national team and I don’t think
it is a matter of if I was there that this
could have happened or it
couldn’t have happened. But I left the
scene for younger players
to have the chance to play at the
biggest level because I also
started while I was a young player,” he
told journalists in Abuja,
while watching the training session of
Nigeria’s U-23 team being
coached by Samson Siasia.

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