By Complete Sports
Super Eagles gaffer, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi finally ended speculation about his long-term future on Saturday, when he turned down a fresh offer from the Togolese Football Federation to take over the Hawks after the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Keshi in one of his recent interviews, had revealed that there are still cobwebs hanging over his head regarding two top NFF officials who are hell bent on seeing him face the exit door, fuelling talk about where his next destination would be.
But the AFCON 2013 winning coach laid the rumours to rest, after he turned down a fresh offer from FTF on Saturday.Keshi, who was holidaying in Lome, revealed exclusively in a telephone call to Complete Sports, that the Ameyi Gariel led board had intimated him of their programmes, pointing out that Keshi stands out as the only candidate for the job.
“The celebration here is another thing entirely. I am cooling off in Togo right now and I must confess it was like Togo had won the Nations Cup when they saw me.You need to be here to see how excited the people were. I was mobbed right from when I landed in Lome and I feel at home here. The FA told me the Cup should have been won for Togo and that they will be ready to have me back as their Manager.” the big boss revealed.
“I just told them it’s Nigeria now with the World Cup and Confederations Cup just around the corner.I told them they had they had their chance then but they blew it. It was difficult convincing the Ameyi-led board, infact they say they are ready to pay my outstanding debt just to ensure I return but I told them no,” Keshi said.
It would be recalled that Togo’s coach at the just concluded AFCON, Didier Six, was at loggerheads with team captain, Emmanuel Adebayor over tactics and team selection.
Keshi had reportedly tendered his resignation letter to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, barely 24 hours after he guided the Super Eagles to a 3rd AFCON glory in South Africa. The resignation was as a result of his purported sack by the federation before the quarter- final match as NFF had booked a plane back to Nigeria, as soon as they found out that Eagles would play the star-studded Cote d’Ivoire.