Nigerian manager, Stephen Keshi forced out
Manager of the Nigerian national football team, Stephen Keshi has been pushed out of the Nigerian ranks by members of the squad.
The 52 year-old Nigerian became out of favour with some of the teams main players. Midfielder, John Obi Mikel, Goalkeeper, Victor Enyeama and captain, Joseph Yobo were reported to have directed verbal abuse in the way of Keshi.
Yobo responded to the media's questions before a pre-season game with Norwich by saying, 'I don't care what we have achieved under him [Keshi], the truth is, he does not know how to manage a football team. He is an absolute joke and refuse to play another match under him, even if it means I never play for Nigeria again!'
President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Aminu Maigari released a statement to all football websites explaining the situation and what has been done to resolve it. He said that 'due to recent events, Stephen Keshi has been removed from the hierarchy and will no longer be manager of the Nigerian national football team.'
Stephen Keshi took the reigns of the team in 2011 where he led them to the 2013 African Cup of Nations which they went on to win, beating Burkino Faso 1-0 in the final. Keshi also led Nigeria to the 2013 Confederations Cup where they got knocked out of the group stages following losses to Uruguay and World Cup winners, Spain.
Favourite to take over Nigeria is former midfielder, Jay-Jay Okocha who was Nigerian Footballer of the Year in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also made his way into the Fifa 100, a list of the world-renowned Brazilian striker Pelé's choice of the "greatest living footballers".