Keshi unsure of future as Super Eagles coach

KeshiSuper Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi is unsure of his immediate future in charge of the African champions after his team played a tame draw with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday.

Keshi’s contract came to an end after the World Cup and has not been renewed by a Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) in a state of turmoil since returning from Brazil.

But he agreed to take charge of the country’s first two matches in the African Nations Cup qualifying campaign – a surprise 3-2 home loss to Congo last Saturday, and a goalless draw with South Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Asked about his future, Keshi told Reuters: “I’m not sure yet. I was just brought in to help manage these two games.

“We have finished them now, so we’ll see what happens. If we (he and the Nigerian federation) come to an agreement, yes I’ll stay. If no, I’ll depart. Let’s see how it turns out when I get home.”

Nigeria next play Sudan twice in a row in October in their bid to qualify for next year’s Nations Cup finals in Morocco. The Super Eagles trail behind Congo (six points) and South Africa (four points) in the Group A standings after picking up only one point from their first two games.

The shock defeat by Congo in Calabar was the first time Nigeria had lost a competitive home game in 33 years.

Keshi blamed the uncertain atmosphere created by squabbling NFF officials among the reasons for the poor start by Nigeria to their bid to defend their Nations Cup title.