Former head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, has blamed the poor structure of football in the country for his failures as the team’s coach.
“How many good pitches do we have in this country? Keshi queried. We say we are a football nation and we don’t even have good training pitches for the national team, or good field to play on.”
“Instead, there are artificial pitches everywhere, even the new Stadium in Uyo, it was when I heard from the governor that they wanted to use artificial pitch that I had to shout and tell him no way.”
“That is how they used natural grass pitch there. But why should I be the one to say it? Where are the journalists?”
“People keep saying I drew a lot of matches. But how many Nigerian coaches agreed to play friendly matches all the time. Or to use home-based players without fear but people don’t see that.
“Every time it’s Keshi this and Keshi that. Then they say I always try to use the President against them. President that I cannot even see!”