Keshi threatens to quit Eagles
Posted: Feb 06, 2013
Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has declared that triumph in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations could trigger his resignation from the position.
There has been underlying tension between the coach and his bosses at the Nigeria Football Federation since AFCON began and there were even rumours that Keshi was about to be fired just before his team defeated Cote d'Ivoire in the quarter-finals.
Now he has become the toast of formerly doubting Nigerian fans and his bosses, Keshi says he could be on his way out.
"You know what, it doesn't matter what people think about what I'm doing," Keshi said when asked about his opinion of his constant critics. "What matters is what I'm passing on to my team, if my team is doing well or not.
"If back home in my country they don't appreciate what I'm doing with the team, so be it. "You can't force somebody to love you and you can't force somebody to accept you."
He then dropped the bombshell. He said: "I'm a professional and if God grants me the wish to win the cup for Nigeria I could pack my load and move to another country. I'm a pro and I could be like (Jose) Mourinho who wins trophies then leaves for somewhere else.
"I could stay in Nigeria, I could leave. I'm a professional coach and we'll see how it goes. But Nigeria is where my heart is. This is a team that I captained for 14 years and I've also been here as assistant coach. I'm here for now but we'll see after the tournament. We'll see."
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