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Football: Nigeria World Cup warm-up key for Keshi

Nigeria are looking for a successful build-up to this year's World Cup, not just to inspire confidence going into the tournament but also to secure the future of the team's coach. The Super Eagles begin their warm-up for the finals on Wednesday, with a game against Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, with coach Stephen Keshi eyeing the game as integral to his plans for Brazil. But he also knows the result could determine whether he leads the team in South America, given strained ties with Nigeria's footballing authorities and a history of switching coaches.

Football: Nigerian government to bail-out unpaid Keshi

Nigeria's government is to step in to pay the outstanding wages of national team coach Stephen Keshi, the country's sports minister has announced, promising his salary arrears would be cleared. Bolaji Abdullahi said he had received approval from President Goodluck Jonathan to pick up the tab for Keshi and his assistants, who are owed a total of 78 million naira ($485,000, 357,000 euros).

Football: Nigeria coach Keshi disappointed over unpaid wages

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has said he is very disappointed he is owed more than seven months salary, describing it as his worst experience as the country's coach. Keshi is on a monthly salary of five million Naira (31,500 dollars/22,800 euros). He led Nigeria to their third Africa Cup of Nations triumph in February and he is only a game away from qualifying the country for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 'Super Eagles' won 2-1 in Ethiopia in a first leg playoff and will host the return match next month in Calabar.

Football: Keshi targets World Cup semis for Nigeria

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi takes his African champions into a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Kenya later on Saturday but he has stated he is already eyeing a semi-final spot at next year's World Cup. Keshi led the Super Eagles to win a third Africa Cup of Nations title last month in South Africa, and he said his team will play like champions on Saturday against the Harambee Stars on their way to making World Cup history in Brazil.

Football: Keshi withdraws resignation - football federation

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has withdrawn his resignation after he guided the country's team to a third Africa Cup of Nations triumph, he said on Tuesday. In a statement signed by the coach and made available by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Keshi said he will continue as the Super Eagles' coach after the country's sports minister intervened.

Football: Keshi says he has quit as Nigeria coach

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi told a South African radio station Monday that he had resigned after leading his country to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title. "I gave the national football federation my letter of resignation immediately after the final, but I have not heard from them," Keshi revealed to public broadcaster SABC. Keshi dropped hints last week of his unhappiness with Nigerian football officials in Durban before the semi-final drubbing of Mali, telling a media conference he would "pack his bags and leave" if unwanted.

Football: Keshi says he has quit as Nigeria coach

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi told a South African radio station Monday that he had resigned after leading his country to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title. "I gave the national football federation my letter of resignation immediately after the final, but I have not heard from them," Keshi admitted to public broadcaster SABC. Keshi dropped hints last week of his unhappiness with Nigerian football bofficials during a media conference in Durban before the semi-final drubbing of Mali, saying he would "pack his bags and leave" if unwanted.

Football: Nigeria's Nations Cup win a triumph for Keshi

Nigeria's third Africa Cup of Nations title, clinched here Sunday against Burkina Faso, was a huge personal triumph for coach Stephen Keshi -- although the man himself would be loathe to admit it. Big Boss, as the captain of the 1994 title-winning side is affectionately known, was hitting the continental jackpot as a coach at the third time of asking, after first-round knockouts with Togo in 2006 and Mali in 2010. Part of the key to the Super Eagles' 2013 success has been the 51-year-old's bold yet heavily criticised gamble in calling up local-based players.

Soccer-Happy Nigeria coach Keshi emulates El Gohary's feat

By Mike Collett JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Stephen Keshi was overjoyed after his Nigeria team beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the African Nations Cup final on Sunday, helping him become the second man to lift the title as a player and coach. Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary (1959 and 1998) is the only other individual to have achieved the feat.

Football: Nigeria's Nations Cup win a triumph for Keshi

Nigeria's third Africa Cup of Nations title, clinched here Sunday against Burkina Faso, was a huge personal triumph for coach Stephen Keshi -- although the man himself would be loathe to admit it. Big Boss, as the captain of the 1994 title-winning side is affectionately known, was hitting the continental jackpot as a coach at the third time of asking, after first-round knockouts with Togo in 2006 and Mali in 2010. Part of the key to the Super Eagles' 2013 success has been the 51-year-old's bold yet heavily criticised gamble in calling up local-based players.
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