I Don’t Lose Sleep Over Criticisms- Keshi

Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi has said he is indifferent on peoples’ criticism of his playing style, his team selections and other technical decisions.

The 52-year-old former Nigeria captain became the second coach to lift the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) both as a player and as a coach in February 2013 when he led the country’s national side to a third successful campaign in South Africa.

“This is life and not everybody is going to like you,” Keshi told the BBC Sport.

“So who am I to worry about everybody loving or not liking Stephen Keshi? I don’t care as long as my family loves me, as long as I am doing my job and I have good health – the rest is nothing.”

The former Togo and Mali coach has been subject of several criticism in recent times, most especially concerning his team selection and has always made it clear every individual doing well at their respective clubsides would get their chances.

Nonconstructive Criticisms Do  Not Faze Me, Says Keshi.
Nonconstructive Criticisms Do Not Faze Me, Says Keshi.

Speaking in an interview conducted by the BBC’s Oluwashina Okeleji, Keshi stressed people’s grumblings don’t faze him negatively.

“As long as I can put smile on somebody’s face every day, make them happy, that is all because I can say thank God,” he added.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have also had to step out to quell rumours it was scouting for a foreign technical adviser for the national side, following Nigeria’s qualification for her fifth appearance at the Fifa World Cup.

Keshi suffered similar faith before the 2002 showpiece and at the 2006 Germany World Cup, when he was axed from the side the Nigeria and Togolese sides he guided to qualification respectively.

He believes he is now used to the omen, saying: “Worried about my job? You see this job we have is that they hire you today and they fire you tomorrow.

“I have done my best in my job for Nigeria and if they decide to fire me and bring someone else, so be it.”

“I believe I’m strong enough and I’ve got the experience to handle it,” said the former Togo and Mali boss.

“It happened in 2002 when Amodu Shaibu and I qualified the country for the World Cup. It also happened in Togo. So if that’s it, so be it.

“If people want to talk, I can’t stop it. I don’t worry about speculation about my job, I don’t worry about anything,”

Keshi is the only African coach to have qualified two nations for the World Cup finals.

Nigeria have been pitted against Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran in Group F of the Brazil 2014v World Cup.


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