Keshi apologises to Sports Minister, NFF


By: Promptnews

’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi on Tuesday apologised to the

Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi as well as the top hierarchy of Nigeria Federation over his conduct following Nigeria’s triumph at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The 51-year old had reportedly resigned from his post hours after Nigeria’s first victorious run in Africa’s prime tournament for the first time in 19 years, and this generated some kind of friction in the days that followed.

However, after a three-hour, close-door parley in the Minister’s office, Nigeria’s longest-serving Captain apologized for his action and pleaded for forgiveness from the Minister and his employers, the Nigeria Federation.

At the meeting were the Minister, President Aminu Maigari, Chairman of Technical Committee Chris Green, ’s Director of Competitions Mohammed Sanusi, Keshi and NFF’s Assistant Director (Media) Ademola Olajire.

“I am truly sorry for whatever bad blood my actions and general conduct might have generated. But I want everyone to forgive and forget and let us focus hard on the big challenge of qualifying for the 2014 finals,” Keshi said.

Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi urged the leadership to forget the events of the past months and work very hard with Keshi in the task of steering the to next year’s showpiece in Brazil.

“The triumph in South Africa was truly a delight and made Nigerians happy. But that feat will pale into insignificance if we fail to qualify for the 2014 finals.

“The principle behind this meeting is that the country is bigger than all of us. We must forget the little things that might have transpired which we did not like. We must forget personal injuries and be prepared to forge ahead.”

Boss, Maigari commended the Minister for all he has been doing for Nigeria football and remarked: “South Africa 2013 was three months ago. In football, you are as good as your last result. We are all focused on the important task of qualifying Nigeria for the 2014 finals, and also to ensure that we do well at the Confederations Cup because we are representing the whole of the African continent.”



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