Wednesday, 13 February 2013

YOU HAVE MY FULL SUPPORT,GOODLUCK TELLS KESHI


What looked like a replay
of defining moment of the
Westerhof era when some
sports administrators in
the country were bent in
frustrating him, happened yesterday at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja
when President Goodluck
Jonathan assured Keshi of
his full support. Westerhof was reported
to have complained to IBB
when he had opportunity
to meet with the former
head of state that ‘the
boys’ at the NFF would not allow him to work due
to their unnecessary
interferences. This, it was gathered made
IBB to give the former
Eagles handler direct
access to the presidency
for every assistance he
needed to discharge his duties. Some close watchers of
the unfolding event during
and after the Afcon 2013
were of the opinion that
this was what Coach Keshi
had planned to achieve with his purported
resignation – to have
direct access to the
presidency. According to them, it
would not be surprising if
Keshi, who captained the
Eagles during that period
has taken a clue from his
former boss to achieve the same purpose. Coach of the Nigerian
football team Stephen
Keshi speaks to
journalists at the
airport in Abuja on
February 12, 2013. The Coach of the Nigerian football team Stephen Keshi speaks to journalists at the airport in Abuja on February 12, 2013. The newly crowned African champions Nigerian Super Eagles arrives in Abuja to a warm reception by fans and government officials after defeating Burkina Faso to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. AFP PHOTO President Jonathan told
Keshi and his team during
a well attended reception
organised for the
victorious Eagles at the
banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, that they
would have his full support. Based on the promises and
assurances of President
Jonathan, Coach Stephen
Keshi now, not only have
direct access to the
presidency but also to that of leadership of the
National Assembly, as for
example, the Senate has
passed a vote of
confidence on him. As it is today, Keshi can go
directly to the president
for whatever assistance
he may need without
necessarily going to the
football federation begging for everything. What do you make out
from all this? If you were
Keshi, would you have
resigned in view of
humiliation and lack of
respect from NFF and other stakeholders? Will
having direct access to
the president in any way
assist him in discharging his
duties?

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