By Tony Ezimakor – Snr Correspondent Abuja
Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, has revealed target set for Coach Stephen Keshi in the two years contract he signed with the federation on Tuesday.
According to him, Keshi should qualify Nigeria for both the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 World Cup, targets, he said, were realistic in present circumstance.Aside the qualifiers, Anyansi said that Keshi should at least reach the semi- finals of the Nations Cup, a tournament, he won in 2013 in South Africa.
His explanation seem to differ remarkably with position canvassed by NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, who maintained that the federation did not set any target for Keshi, insisting that present administration want to do things differently.
Sanusi said: “I have always been saying that we should not be talking about the target or no target; we should be talking about what all of us should do as Nigerians to make sure we assist Stephen Keshi to succeed.
“We should rather be talking about those things we will do differently from what we have done before so that Keshi will succeed. Or what we are going to do to improve on what we have done so that we can record more successes,’’ Sanusi said.
But Anyansi pointed out that target setting was essential for the purpose of measuring progress toward set goals and not necessarily to determine whether or not a coach should be sacked or not.
“The contract Keshi signed has target; target for us is not to determine whether or not a coach should be sacked or not. There are a number of issues that may determine whether a coach should be relieved of his job. It may not necessarily be because he failed to meet target set for him.
“Targets are set to enable one measure the progress toward set goals and that is why in the contract we expect him (Keshi) to meet certain milestones in our goal to take our football to new heights,” Anyansi said.
He again pleaded with the media and Nigerians to support to both the federation and Keshi in their renewed quest to write past wrongs.
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