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Nigerian coach hangs boots
Posted Thursday, July 3 2014 at 01:00
The story tells it all. Following Nigeria’s exit from the World Cup, the Super Eagles coach decided to step down.
His team had suffered a 2-0 defeat against France in the second round of World Cup, halting the country’s prospects of advancing to the quarterfinals.
The 52-year-old took over the reins of the team in 2011 and helped them to win the African Nations Cup. After the tournament, Keshi wanted to resign but was convinced him to stay on by the Nigerian sports minister.
According to the Guardian, the Nigerian coach disapproved the way Mark Geiger, the US referee handled the game, accusing him of being biased against his team and making many mistakes.
Keshi played for the Nigerian national team and captained it in the 1994 World Cup.
He also won the coach of the year award at the 2013 Glo-CAF awards.
His resignation makes Keshi the sixth manager to leave his job during the 2014 World Cup after Luis Suarez from Honduras, Carol Queiroz from Oiran, Alberto Zaccheroni, Casare Prandelli from Italy and Sabri Lamouchi from Ivory Coast.