Keshi denies applying for Cote d’Ivoire job
Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has denied applying to replace Herve Renard as Cote d’Ivoire manager, saying he is happy with managing the Nigerian team.
Keshi was reportedly listed by the Ivoirians as one of the coaches that have applied to replace the 2015 AFCON winning Renard, who resigned recently to take a job in his country, France.
Speaking through his manager, Emmanuel Addo, Keshi advised Nigerians to look for positives that would redefine the way forward for the national team, saying that after recently signing a two-year contract, he was determined to make the Super Eagles the best team in Africa.
He described his inclusion in the list of possible candidates by the Ivoirian authorities as an endorsement of the quality of the Nigerian bench. Ado said in the statement made available to The Guardian yesterday: “My client is very happy with his job as the Head Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
He has a two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation and as a professional he will see out his contract. “My client feels highly honoured to be short listed by Cote d’Ivoire, a great footballing country. As you all know, he has a very good relationship with Cote d’Ivoire since his playing days.
It is a relationship that he cherishes and would continue to cherish all the days of his life. “We want to use this opportunity to call on all stakeholders and indeed all Nigerians to deny enemies of peace the chance they are looking for to cause distractions. We don’t need these distractions.”