Contrary to speculations making rounds that Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi is destined to dump Nigeria and join South Africa after the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the South Africa Football Association, SAFA, on Monday, 23 June, 2014 dismissed claims that Keshi would take over as Bafana Bafana coach.
Speaking on the rumour on Monday, spokesman of SAFA, Dominic Chimhavi, said: “Safa has never released a list of candidates that are on the short-list for the Bafana Bafana job.
“Keshi’s name is part of a list of names bandied about by the media. The list was created by the media and the reports coming out of Nigeria are total fabrication.”
Chimhavi added: “There is no truth to those reports.
“When the president of Safa, Mr Danny Jordan, announced that Gordon Igesund’s contract would not be extended, he made it clear that the new coach will be announced in July, following the conclusion of the World Cup.”
It was earlier reported today that Keshi has reportedly agreed on 2-year-old deal with South African Soccer Federation (SAFA).
Niger-Iran. Photo: Rungroj Yongrit, DPA
The Eagles Online provides that the contract is to take into effect right after the 2014 FIFA World Cup currently being held in Brazil.
It has been learnt that Keshi will travel to Johannesburg after the Mundial to sign all the necessary documents.
A source revealed:
“I can confirm to you that the deal between Keshi and SAFA has been signed and sealed. He is going to South Africa immediately after the World Cup. The South Africans are impressed with what he has done with the Eagles and want him to turn around the fortunes of Bafana Bafana.”
Moreover, the source claimed that top European coaches have already applied for the position of the Super Eagles manager, having sent their CVs to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The Federation is said to make decision on the next coach immediately after the World Cup end.
It would be recalled that earlier this year, after the sack of South Africa national team manager Gordon Igesund, the Eagles Big Boss, who led his team to the victory at 2013 AFCON, was considered as the likely replacement. These talks started long before Igesund’s leave, with South Africans claiming that Keshi “can do a good job”.
The 52-year-old (still) Super Eagles head also made a hint at a recent press conference saying that Nigeria would not be the last country for him to coach and adding that he would like to proceed as Nigeria coach “if the terms are right”.
The Super Eagles are currently campaigning in the world cup in Brazil where they have won one match against Bosnia Herzegovina and drew Iran to place second in their group behind Argentina.
Nigeria will play the South Americans on Wednesday in a match they cannot afford to lose if they want to qualify for the round of 16.