By GBOLAHAN DADA:
…Says, ‘I’m not yet through with Mali’
Super Eagles’ former skipper, Stephen Keshi, has sensationally called on football administrators across the continent to accord African coaches greater respect, saying that they have proved their worth in recent times.
Keshi, who was honoured with Jules Bocande of Senegal and Oswaldo Saturnino de Oiveira of Angola as African legends, said shortly after receiving the award that African coaches should be respected because they had contributed tremendously to the development of football in the continent.
Keshi said now African coaches could compete well with their foreign counterparts across the globe and they deserve more respect.
He said African coaches deserve more than what they are getting at present because they produced some of the best players that are making waves across the world.
Keshi said he’s proud of coaches who helped their countries qualify for the 2010 World Cup eventhough, some had been considered not good enough to carry on the job but their names are already in the history books as the best from the continent.
He, however, expressed gratitude to CAF for honouring him and other two legends:”I thank the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) for recognising me as one the legends and all my fans across the world for their support and my family for always be behind me all the time and all African journalists who appreciate good things about me. I am proud of African heritage,”he said.
Keshi said he’s excited that people still believes in him in spite of his ups and downs and he expressedhopes to bounce back with the country he led to the last Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Keshi said he has not finally say goodbye to Mali and he’s at the verge of returning to the country if possible.
The Nigeria’s former coach he still talking with Mali football authorities on the way forward, stressing that soon final verdict would be heard on their negotiations.
“If there’s anything, I would like to continue my job in Mali because I’m not yet through with her football but at the same time, I’m open to any deal. I don’t really know where I would be in a few days. I’m still in the transfer market,”he said. Keshi said he’s ready to give any offer a trial but he prefers to return to Mali for good.
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