Safa Debunks Keshi Appointment Rumour

The South African Football Association (Safa) have categorically denied speculations suggesting that current head coach of the Nigeria national team had signed a two-year contract to assume the Bafana Bafana coaching job.

Safa President Danny Jordaan in a statement reiterates they will only announce Gordon Igesund’s successor mid-July following due process, while also dispelling a purported article published by a Nigerian website on Monday.

“That article, which is attributed to a source, is devoid of any truth as SAFA will only make the decision on the appointment of the new coach mid-July,” Safa wrote in its statement.

Stephen Keshi Has Until 2015 to Terminate His Relationship With The Super Eagles.
Stephen Keshi Has Until 2015 to Terminate His Relationship With The Super Eagles.

Keshi’s name has been mentioned along with soon-to-resign Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz, as frontrunners for the Safa job.

The Super Eagles coach’s future has taken centre stage since revealing that he has at least six offers on the table.

Keshi, 52, has until 2015 in his present contract with the Super Eagles, whom he guided to a third Afcon title in South Africa last year and, with whom they are presently making a fifth appearance at the Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

“Keshi’s name is among the various names that have been thrown around by the media. SAFA has not yet arrived at any decision regarding the appointment of the new Senior Men’s National Coach. That decision will be pronounced once the World Cup is over,” added Jordaan.

Nigeria will play their final Group F game against Argentina in Porto Alegre on Wednesday and need just a point to advance into the last-16.


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