It appears Stephen Keshi has not only successfully coached the Super Eagles to victory in AFCON, but he also coached the entire Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) in a lesson of power play and intrigue.
The coach who announced his resignation several days back has withdrawn the same, after a mediation by the Presidency.
He released the following statement earlier today:
My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as the Head Coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria.
While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON 2013, which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation, I have since had opportunity to discuss the various issues with all concerned. I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job.
I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention.
Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
According to a source in the Presidency Keshi initially resigned due to grievances with the NFF over backlog of salaries for him and the players, withholding of his official car and other extraneous issues.
The intervention of the Presidency caused Keshi to withdraw his resignation.