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•He has the zeal, experience

AS reactions continue to trail the recent appointment of former Eagles of Mali coach, Stephen Keshi as head coach of Super Eagles technical crew, top indigenous hands have been commenting on the need for Nigerians and football administrators to rally round him for optimum performance.

According to FIFA technical committee member, Adegboye Onigbinde, the former captain of the Nigerian side has all it takes to make success his tenure in the team.

 

The former Eagles handler added in terms of experience and resourcefulness, Keshi tops the pack and one expects he will not relent on his oars bringing to bear his wealth of knowledge in the game to spice up the transformation mandate of the former African Champions.

By EKE IKEDIEZE

AFTER leading Super Eagles through his first assignment as head coach, Stephen Keshi has said the technical crew will build from there declaring, the day's opponent were no push over.

He stated in an interview that since the team is still involving no effort would be spared towards ensuring a new team will berth in the nearest future. He called on Nigerians to be patient, pray for the team and its handlers to be right on target as the task of rebuilding continues.

“You saw the game. It showed that football is fast growing in Africa. There are no minnows in the sport again. The visitors gave good account of themselves and my boys were equal to the task. We have indentified the areas we will work on. Both teams gave the fans classic football. There was no dull moment, though the visitors were tough.  The friendly achieved its target and we will build from there,” he restated.

•Nigerians crave for big boss

THE sack of Samson Siasia by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the weekend once again threw open the search for new handler of the Super Eagles. Already two top and flamboyant gaffers are on the card for the plum job. They are former captain of the team and former coach of Eagles of Mali, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi and former Egyptian national team coach, Hassan Shehata both were said to have been contacted by technical committee of NFF.
According to usual reliable sources in

Abuja seat of NFF who begged their names be left out of print, the two tacticians are having head to head kind of support but it will depend on what the NFF wanted.  “Actually, the two coaches were contacted for the job and both still responded positively by close of work on Friday, when the executive committee board rose from its meeting that heralded the sack of Siasia; the sweat merchants were fully in touch with Abuja,” it was further revealed.
However,the sources revealed the availability of funds will drive NFF's taste for foreign coach but since it is likely whoever will replace the sacked coach will not receive more than what was last paid to him the odds seems to favour Keshi.

•Set to draft Keshi on rescue mission to the team

 

By VICTOR ENYINNAYA and NICK ADIMA

AS the dust is gradually settling on Super Eagles problem which started October 8 after the ouster from next year's AFCON to be co- hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, attention of NFF has been focused towards preparations of the U- 23 Eagles already camping in Ghana where they are fine tuning strategies for the maiden edition of CAF Olympics qualification games slated for Morocco later in the Month.

National Daily can authoritatively report this morning that the Aminu Maigari led NFF executive committee board has been growing grey hairs on how best to salvage London 2012 Olympics football ticket for Nigeria which is the only hope for her now. 

•Says Siasia not problem

•Lawal thumbs up on- going IGI U-19 football talent hunt

RENOWNED London based FIFA Players Agent and British trained coach, Opeyemi Lawal who is anchoring the on- going  trail blazing IGI U- 19 Football talent hunt at the main bowl of the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos has expressed deep worry on the attitude of ex- internationals who set their mind on coming back to handle the Super Eagles simply because they played and have had one brief coaching course adding it is one sour point that must be properly addressed if we must start getting it right from that critical angle.

He also pointed out that institutional failure is one major draw back on the wheel of progress of our football adding Siasia is not the problem of our football. “The coach is just a victim of the decayed system that brought him and the chances of performing extra -ordinarily remain slim. Most people may not accept this fact. The coach did what he could the rot raised its ugly head and wrecked havoc on his resolve to qualify,” he informed.

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