Keshi: Some People are Sabotaging Eagles

After playing the last 11 matches with only one victory to show, Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, resorted to blame game yesterday, insisting that his side’s struggles in qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations are the result of “sabotage”.

“There is sabotage by some people. I won’t mention their names but they know themselves,” said Keshi.
“Some people are ready to sell this country for a dime. They want to sabotage the Super Eagles.

“It’s a shame. They don’t want this team to get to the Nations Cup, they want this team to lose outright,” Keshi told BBC yesterday.
Nigeria hosts the Falcons of Sudan, in a return fixture tomorrow in Abuja.

Eagles suffered a shocking 1-0 defeat by Sudan on Saturday, to condemn Nigeria to the bottom of Group ‘A’ with only one point. South Africa is tops with seven points while Congo is second with six points. Sudan is third with three points.

In the last 11 matches played by Eagles, Keshi has just one victory (five defeats and five draws), to show but curiously he is blaming sabotage as reason why Eagles have failed to fly.

The former Togo and Mali gaffer has been working without a contract after the previous one lapsed with the World Cup in Brazil and newly-elected Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President,  Amaju Pinnick, and his board that emerged from the bitter feud is yet to settle fully to consider the issue of hiring a new manager for the reigning African champions.

Next month, Eagles will travel to second-placed Congo, who defeated Nigeria 3-2 in Calabar last September, before taking on group leaders South Africa in Uyo on November 19.

The Super Eagles have to win all three matches and hope other results go their way if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the finals in Morocco in January.

Pinnick on Sunday criticised the team’s qualifying performances but insisted that there is no rush to make a decision over Keshi’s future.

“It is embarrassing that, as reigning champions, we are struggling in the qualifying series, with only one point out of a possible nine. It is an awful output,” he said.

“However, we want our people to be patient and not stampede the federation to take knee-jerk decisions that will backfire in the end.”


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