Erstwhile coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Amodu Shuaibu has returned as coach of the team after coach Stephen Keshi was axed by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF following series of poor runs by the team.
Shuaibu, who was first appointed as coach of the team in April 2008 and was later sacked on 6 February 2010, despite reaching third place with the Eagles at the 2010 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, was this morning handed the mantle to lead the team in the remaining qualifying matches of the 2015 AFCON.
An expatriate coach will thereafter be appointed to take charge of the squad. The decision was among others announced by the NFF Executive Committee after a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday night ‘in the interest of Nigerian football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 AFCON finals.
Keshi’s two-year contract with the NFF lapsed in June, and the former national team captain has been working in a caretaker capacity since then.
But after a disastrous qualifying campaign in which the Eagles only picked up one point from their opening three games, there were widespread calls for him to be let go. A 3-1 win against Sudan on Wednesday at the Abuja National Stadium did little to ease those calls, for Keshi to be axed.
Keshi’s technical and backroom staff were also fired along with him. In their place, Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Alloy Agu will join Shuaibu for the final two games of the qualifying series.
Garba Lawal replaces Emmanuel Attah as new Team Co-Ordinator, Toyin Ibitoye replaces Ben Alaiya as Media Officer, while Godfirst Chike is now the new equipment manager in place of Chidi Ngoka. Only Team Secretary Dayo Enebi retained his position.
Meanwhile, erstwhile coach of the Eagles Samson Siasia was named Nigeria’s U-23 coach, while Enyimba Football Club of Aba Chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu is new Technical Committee chairman. He would lead the search for a new coach