Nigeria is through with Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi is the Nigerian genius who captained his side (Nigerian Senior Men’s football team) to a 1994 African Cup of Nations crown and nineteen years later since that glorious day in Tunis, Tunisia; Stephen Keshi orchestrated Nigeria’s third African Cup of Nations title in 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Google+

Stephen KeshiHe would not stop there; he defeated Bafana Bafana in the Nelson Mandela Challenge of 2013 but failed to the Championship of African Nations of 2014 but did lead a successful 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign which peaked with Nigeria reaching the last 16 in Brazil.

At the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, Nigeria reached the last 16 only to have no answers to question posed by France on them and they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the French.

Keshi and his men returned to the motherland to pursue the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualification campaign which did not start all that well as they found themselves on the receiving end of the shock defeat by Congo at home.

In another Group A Bafana Bafana defeated Sudan 3-0 and set the pace for the group. Stephen Keshi traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to play known Nigeria weeping boys but on that day it wasn’t to be as Bafana Bafana – under the guidance of Ephraim Shakes Mashaba – found inspiration and frustrated the Super Eagles to a 0-0 draw.

Nigeria them headed to Khartoum, Sudan to play the home side in that country, perhaps the weeping boys of the group who had already conceded 5 goals in 2 matches and registered no points. Khartoum Stadium was an impossible proposition for Stephen Keshi as he was further shocked in a 1-0 defeat.

Going home to face Sudan in a return leg, Stephen Keshi had successfully placed Nigeria at the bottom of the 2015 Afcon qualification campaign table and put their chances of progressing to the finals to defend their title in jeopardy.

In Abuja Sudan could not stop Stephen keshi’s men, they came at them and trounced them 3-1; At end of the day Nigeria had conceded their fifth goal in the qualification campaign.

On October 16, 2014 reports emerged that Nigeria had put an end to Stephen Keshi’s time at the helm of the national side and would be succeeded by Shuaibu Amodu who would serve on temporary basis.

Shuaibu Amodu is expected to turn around the dismal campaign especially since Bafana Bafana failed to capitalize at home against Congo.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have two matches to salvage their campaign; they will travel to Congo before they welcome Bafana Bafana – as things stand, they sit on the third position on the 2015 Afcon Qualification Campaign with 4 points, 3 behind second place Congo and 4 behind leaders Bafana Bafana of South Africa.


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