THE technical director of the NFF has asked the Super Eagles trainer to leave after failing to take the African champions to Afcon 2015
Former Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu has told Stephen Keshi to stop his demand for a new contract and quit after failing to lead the Super Eagles to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
The defending African champions failed to reach January’s Afcon after placing third in a group that included South Africa, Congo and Sudan.
Amodu, recently appointed as Technical Director by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said that the Big Boss should not expect the NFF to offer him a fresh contract.
“Stephen Keshi alone will decide if he has a reputation or he does not have a reputation. If he has a reputation he will walk out of the job, if he does not have, he should stay like a beggar,” Amodu said.
“To keep Keshi is bad precedence because when Samson Siasia failed, we came on air to tell the whole country that he had failed [and] that he should go.
“President Goodluck Jonathan could not save him, so if we want to live on those standards, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. But you must know that this is my personal opinion.”
Amodu also revealed his decision not to take over the team for their last pair of Afcon qualifiers.
“As a coach, you are as good as your last game. If as at the time I was asked to oversee the two remaining Afcon qualifiers, I would have been assumed to have failed,” he said.
Both Amodu and Keshi worked together in 2002 as the Eagles finished third at the Afcon in Mali.
Meanwhile, the leadership of NFF led by Amaju Pinnick has declared that the federation was still in talks which could possibly hand Keshi a new contract.
According to Pinnick, “We even spoke with him on Monday, agreement is not something you rush. Both sides have to agree on certain terms. We are also looking at who can work amicably with others.”
Nigeria are not in a hurry to settle the coaching job as their next international engagements come up in March 2015.