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Sports Chris Giwa insists; Stephen Keshi remains Super Eagles coach

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The president of Giwa Football Club, Chris Giwa, has insisted that Stephen Keshi remains the coach of the Super Eagles, saying the decision of the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board to sack Keshi was wrong.

The Keshi-led crew was asked to step down after he helped the Eagles to a first win since the qualifiers began in August, while Amodu Shaibu was hired to help Nigeria qualify for the championship in Morocco next year.

The Giwa-led NFF group insisted Keshi and his crew will remain in the interest of continuity and described the Pinnick-led board as illegal.

"The board resolved after hearing that some people are parading themselves as the NFF board, decided to sack the technical crew of the Super Eagles at a very critical moment," he said in a statement.

"We condemn the act and hereby state that Stephen Keshi remains the head coach of the senior national team and the technical crew remains intact. We condemn the acts of impostors parading themselves as such.

"That the board stated that there are two more games to be played against Congo Republic and South Africa ahead of Nigeria’s qualification for the African Nations Cup finals in 2015 in Morocco. Emphasis is supposed to be on concentration for the two games rather than sacking and hiring of new technical managers at this critical time.

He also denounced the standing committees constituted by Amaju-led board and announced the re-appointment of Musa Amadu as the Secretary General of the NFF.

"The board nullifies all committees appointed by the said illegal NFF board and has appointed Secretary General of the NFF Musa Amadu to oversee the affairs of all committees of the NFF. This shall be named in days.

"Barrister Amadu is to work with secretaries of committees who are staffers of the NFF earlier set up by the Aminu Maigari board and as approved by the NFF statutes pending the end of the football season.

"The secretaries are to report to Musa Amadu until new committees are set up. The board warns people who are used to disregarding valid court orders especially the one which recognised the 26th August election as valid pending the hearing of the substantive matter before it.

"Nigerians have been enjoined to remain calm. No tension in this pensive mood. The Federal High Court Jos is very clear about the orders of his court on the 19th September 2014. In the eye of the law, no other board apart from ours exists in the eye of the law," it concluded.

The Giwa- led faction is refusing to give up leadership of the NFF after they were declared illegal.


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