Tuesday, July 1, 2014 8:20 am
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has stepped down from his position following the 2-0 loss of the Super Eagles to France in the second round of the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
Previously with Mali and Togo, Keshi had hinted at leaving the post in the post-match interview when he responded ”I don’t know” after being asked if he would stay on as coach after the France defeat.
Appointed in 2011, Keshi resigned as his current contract with the Nigeria Football Federation ends after the World Cup, with Keshi stating ”I can’t stay where I am not wanted.” as no new contract from the NFF was forthcoming.
During his time with the Super Eagles, Keshi qualifed the team to the World Cup, won the Cup of Africa Nations in 2013 before finishing third at the Africa Nations Championship and leading Nigeria to the second round of the World Cup.
Also, captain Joseph Yobo called time on his international career following the defeat to France, a match in which he scored an unfortunate late own goal.
”I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I’m happy with all I’ve done for the national team” said Yobo after his 10th World Cup match, which is the most appearances at the World Cup by a Nigerian player.
Yobo made his Super Eagles debut in a Nations Cup qualifying match in 2001, earning 101 caps and playing in three World Cups for Nigeria since 2002.
The Fernabahce defender on-loan at Norwich City stated after that ”This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride. It’s time to give a chance to other people to come through.”
The 33 year old stated further that ”our football has a bright future and I am confident this team can achieve success sooner rather than later.”
Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is also said to be considering his international future following Nigeria’s World Cup exit.