Keshi threatens to quit Eagles again

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, has declared that he will quit again if denied the freedom and respect to do his job.

Stephen Keshi

Keshi resigned as the Nigeria coach less than 24 hours after leading Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations title because of interference and lack of respect from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

But he returned to his duty post the following day after intervention of the presidency, through the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdulahi.

However, Keshi has again revealed on Supersport Monday Night Football programme that coaching Nigeria is not the end of the world.

According to him, “Coaching Nigeria is not the end of the world. But you have to give me the respect, the freedom to do my job. As a person, “If I’m tired of staying here, if I don’t enjoy what I’m doing, I walk.”

“You must give me all the freedom and respect,” he said.

Speaking further, Keshi added that his dismissal letter was already prepared after his team thumped Liberia 6-1 and qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

“I know for sure the letter was there, the letter was waiting before Nations Cup after we won 6-1 against Liberia in Calabar,” he said.

“It wasn’t from my president, not from the board of the federation, but from one or two other people.

“We were not told directly but the speculations were all over the place for some time.

“I kept hearing the same thing at the Nations Cup.

“But we said we are not bothered by this. Let them give us the sack letter and we leave. But for now there is no sack letter, let’s move on. Our job is hire today, fire tomorrow.”

Speculations were rife that he could well have been replaced by Zambia coach Herve Renard, who was first contacted for the Nigeria top post after the 2010 AFCON in Angola.

Keshi maintained he enjoys a good working relationship with the NFF led by Aminu Maigari.

“For now, I have a wonderful relationship with my president, apart from one or two individuals (at the NFF),” he said.

“If I’m tired of staying here, if I don’t enjoy what I’m doing, I walk.

“It’s not the end of the world, coaching Nigeria is not the end of the world. But you have to give me the respect, the freedom to do my job.”

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