The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President Amaju Pinnick has explained the rationale behind the sacking of Stephen Keshi. Pinnick said the former Hawks of Togo coach was fired in the best interest of the nation. The new NFF board showed Keshi the exit on Thursday morning, despite his side’s 3-1 home win against Sudan that kept the Super Eagles in the running to defend their African title. “Does it sound right for us to say that the Eagles played for Keshi and not for the country? So if a new coach comes in now, what would they do? We took the decision in the best interest of the nation, we took the decision to save Keshi and let him know that he’s a hero and should remain a hero,” Pinnick said on Friday morning. Pinnick also added that Keshi and his assistants would be paid all their outstanding entitlements within two weeks. Nigeria have four points after three matches while Congo are second on seven points. Group leaders South Africa travel to Nigeria for the final qualifying game next month.