27 Jun 2015

Stephen Keshi faces sack over Cote d’Ivoire application

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) disciplinary committee will recommend for the dismissal of coach Stephen Keshi if it were proven he applied to handle the African champions, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.

A member of the committee disclosed this, saying hammer would fall on the former coach of Togo if a thorough investigation ascertains that he did apply for the job.

Keshi, who appeared before a disciplinary hearing in Abuja Tuesday, has denied ever applying for the Cote d’Ivoire post, but the NFF has since launched a probe that may take them to Abidjan to uncover the truth of the matter.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick has already said Keshi would be “suicidal” to apply for another post when the football federation is up to date with the payment of his salaries.

Vice president of the disciplinary committee, Igbokwe said: “If it were proven that he indeed applied to coach Cote d’Ivoire when he is still coaching the Super Eagles, then that is a breach of trust.
“We will then recommend (to the executive committee) that he be relieved of his job so that he could go and coach Cote d’Ivoire.”
Keshi who led Nigeria to win the 2013 AFCON in South Africa, has a two-year contract after he first three-year stint in charge of the Super Eagles during which time he also guided the team to the knockout rounds of the 2014 World Cup.

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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