Shaibu Amodu replaces relieved Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles coach

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Nigeria Football Federation has replaced out-of-contract Coach Stephen Keshi with Shaibu Amodu as head coach of the Super Eagles on interim capacity with immediate effect.
Seyi Akinwunni, the NFF’s first Vice President who spoke to the media and Goal after an emergency meeting held at the Transcorp Hotels, Abuja on Thursday morning, said the new NFF board has unanimously agreed not to extend the contract of Stephen Keshi and his crew.

Akinwunmi announced that the outgoing Super Eagles’ technical crew led Keshi will get NFF sponsored ‘coaching course at any country of their choice’.

The Vice President said the Federation has agreed to pay the outgoing Keshi-led coaching crew all the outstanding entitlement in two weeks.

“We the executive committee of the NFF has met and deliberated on some issues. Importantly, we recognised Keshi [Stephen] is under no contract with us, but on a match-by-match agreement,” Akinwunmi told media.

“But in order to meet the aspiration of the NFF, we have to review the situation and have unanimously agreed we will not renew his contract as the coach of the Super Eagles,” he continued

“But in recognition of his status as a Nigerian hero, The NFF want to contribute to his continued growth in his profession,” he noted.

“He and his assistants Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorumu have our offer to go a course of their choice and in a country of their choice at our expense. We also agreed that whatever entitlement owe to him and his crew will be pay in a fortnight of today [Thursday],” he said.

“We have two more matches to qualify and therefore we have put in short time measure to enable us move forward. So we have appointed Amodu and will be supported by Salisu Yusuf and Gbenga Ogunbote,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, El-Kanemi Warriors coach Salisu Yusuf alongside Sharks FC coach Gbenga Ogunbote will serve as assistant coaches to caretaker coach Amodu.

The NFF also appointed Alloy Agu as the Goalkeeper trainer, while Garba Lawal as the new team coordinator and Dayo Enebi retained his post as the team secretary.

The new board also named Toyin Ibitoye as the new media officer and Godfirst Chike remains as the kit manager of the Super Eagles.

In a related development, the NFF has confirmed Coach Samson Siasia and Fatai Amoo as the head coach and assistant of the Nigeria U23 male national team.

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