A former coach of the national soccer team, Adegboye Onigbinde, has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to settle its grievance with current Super Eagles’ coach Stephen Keshi internally.
The NFF has resolved to continue with its investigation into how Keshi’s name was included among the 59-man list of coaches shortlisted for the vacant coaching job of Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire before it was pruned down to five. The public consternation the matter has drawn, said the veteran FIFA and CAF instructor, was an utter embarrassment to the football body, adding that the issue only further debilitates an already crumbling defective structure.
“His name is not on the last five now but I would have loved for this matter to be resolved administratively,” said Onigbnde. “But then again, I sincerely believe all of this noise is down to how we’ve managed our football. If for any reason Keshi leaves, will our football die?” According to the 77-year-old administrator, if the right structures were put in place, nobody would lose sleep over Keshi or even the Super Eagles’ captain Vincent Enyeama.
“If we have put in the level developmental programme I’ve been preaching for 50 years now, it would have produced over 20 Keshis in terms of knowledge, experience and exposure. “Even the Enyeama case almost threw our football into chaos. But it’s disappointing how we’ve struggled to find capable 11 players from a country of 160 million, it tells a sorry tale of our football,” Onigbinde said.