Less than 24 hours after winning the African Nations Cup with Nigeria, coach Stephen Keshi told South African radio station Metro FM that he was resigning from his post, only to perform a dramatic U-turn less than 24 hours later.
Keshi led the Super Eagles to the continental championship on Sunday for the first time in 19 years, enduring much criticism along the way. As a result, he had decided to quit once the tournament was over. However, following a meeting with Nigeria sports minister Boloaji Abdullahi, Keshi reversed his decision.
The 51-year-old coach issued the following statement: "While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON 2013, which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation, I have since had opportunity to discuss the various issues with all concerned. I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job. I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention."