The Nigeria Football Federation has re-appointed Mr. Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles.
The 53-year old signed a fresh two-year contract at a simple ceremony inside the Media Centre of the National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who is away on a private visit to London, was represented by 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi. There were also Members of the NFF Executive Committee Felix Anyansi-Agwu (chairman of the Technical and Development Committee), Alh. Yusuf Ahmed Fresh (vice-chairman of the Technical and Development Committee), Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedinma (chairman of the Women’s League), OtunbaSunday Dele-Ajayi (chairman of Finance Committee), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi (General Secretary), Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme (Deputy General Secretary) and Mr. Adama Idris (Director of Marketing).
It is a much-awaited second stint for the former Nigeria captain, who led the Super Eagles to a third-ever Africa Cup of Nations triumph and steered the team to the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup finals in his first term.
In his playing days, Keshi won 64 caps for Nigeria at senior level over a period of 13 years, 11 of which he was captain of the team.
The new contract will see Keshi take charge of Nigeria’s flagship team through the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the finals proper in Gabon, as well as part of the qualifying race for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
After signing his contract, Keshi said: “This is a new page in the history of Super Eagles. I admit that I cannot do it alone, and that is why I am calling on everyone interested in the fortune of Nigeria football to join hands with me so that we can take our game to the very top.
“What has happened in the past remains in the past. I want us to look forward and talk and walk positively.”
NFF Acting President Seyi Akinwunmi stated: “Keshi is a quintessential Nigerian hero. We have sat down with him and looked at several areas, and we know he still has capacity to perform at the highest level.
“Keshi is one of our most experienced football Coaches and he will drive a process that will take the Super Eagles to a height they have never been before.”
The signing of the contract means Keshi will start immediately to prepare the team for the opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad in Nigeria on June 13.