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I know nothing about I’Coast job – Keshi

Mfonobong Akpan

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has insisted that he did not apply for the vacant Ivory Coast coaching job.

The former Nigeria captain appeared before the Nigeria Football Federation Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday in Abuja to defend himself against claims he applied for another job while having a two-year contract with the NFF.

The Fédération Ivoirienne de Football had named Keshi as 20th on a list of 59 coaches that applied to replace Herve Renard as coach of the Elephants.

He was also criticised for including a non-league player in the squad that beat Chad 2-0 in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna on June 13.

“Like you guys know, I never applied for the Ivory Coast job,” Keshi was quoted as saying by Goal on Tuesday.“My name is everywhere. It happens to every coach. So it is not a big deal. My name is always everywhere. The question is that should I take Ethiopia to court? Should I take Kenya or Tanzania to court (for including my name in their lists)?”

Keshi said he was not aware goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and midfielder Ogenyi Onazi were invited by the committee. Both players face disciplinary actions following their behaviour in the game against Chad. Onazi was given a red card while the NFF frowned upon Enyeama’s comment on the security situation in Kaduna.

Keshi urged Nigerians to focus on Nigeria’s next 2017 Africa Cup of Nations game against Tanzania.

He said, “We thank God for the victory against Chad. Now, I think what we should be thinking of is how prepared we are to face and win our away match against Tanzania. That should be our mission right now, not what the media are saying about Keshi.

“We need to go ahead and forge a formidable team, which includes the press, the players and the NFF so that we can conquer the world and conquer Africa. My focus right now is to prepare for the game against Tanzania.”

Source: Punch Newspaper