NFF: Keshi not under pressure

Published: May 31, 2012
NFF: Keshi not under pressureThe President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari  has assured that the Federation nor  its officials are putting any pressure on Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi. Maigari decried insinuations  of any interference,saying that the NFF can only support Keshi and the  team  at this very crucial period that they  are preparing for critical matches.

“The only thing  the NFF can do at this period is to give Keshi and the entire team all the necessary support. That is what we are doing. I have not called for any inquisition into what he is doing or how he picked players for the upcoming matches, and I can assure you that nobody is doing anything like that.

“Of course, there is corporate desire for the Super Eagles to do well in the matches against Namibia, Malawi and Rwanda.

But we are not coaches and there is a limit to the moves that we can make.

“There is someone we have signed a contract with to deliver the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations tickets, and we have a responsibility to allow him to do the job the way he knows best  by simply giving him all the necessary  support,” said Maigari.

Keshi, signed a four-year agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation in November 2011, with the understanding that he would qualify the team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals. under Keshi,  the team  has played seven matches, winning two, drawing three and losing two, including last week’s internationafriendly to Peru in Lima.

On Sunday, at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the Super Eagles host Brave Warriors of Namibia in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, African Series Day One, with the team flying out to Malawi on Thursday for a Day Two match against the Flames in Blantyre on June 9, and immediately returning home to play Rwanda’s Amavubi in a 2013 Cup of Nations qualifier in Calabar on June 17.

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