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Keshi Loses Absolute Power to Select Players for Matches

Super Eagles Handler, Stephen Keshi, will no longer make a unilateral decision in the selection of players in the senior national team for international matches.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick, disclosed that the Super Eagles Head Coach “will still have his input” in calling up players but will now have to be supervised by the technical director, Shaibu Amodu.

It was also gathered that Keshi is also likely to work with the technical study group headed by his former national teammate, Austin Okocha, who is now chairman of the Delta State FA.

Pinnick further stated that Amodu has been mandated by the football federation to utilize his powers as technical director, as the Glass House will hold him responsible if anything goes wrong.

“Keshi will still have his input (in the team). The only people who are not really working well now is the technical study group because it is a process. He doesn’t have the liberty anymore to say he wants to bring in players from places.

“We must look at all the players (he invites from now on) and it must go through the technical department and Amodu will certainly make a comment. “

Keshi only signed a new two-year contract recent to return as Nigeria manager, and his first task is to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in a qualifying group that includes Egypt, Chad and Tanzania.



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