Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi and his assistant Daniel Amokachi will reduce their fringe work as television analysts during the Africa Nations Cup. Keshi and Amokachi are due in South Africa as expert analysts for satellite television channel Supersport during the Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
But rather than stay till the AFCON final on February 12 in Libreville, the coaches are planning to return to their duty post on February 6 in time to prepare the team for a friendly in Liberia.
Officials of the football federation have kicked against the television appearances arguing that it is a distraction at a time they need to be fully concentrated on building a new team for Nigeria, who failed to qualify for the tournament. “Keshi would be busy preparing his team for a friendly against Liberia. Except something else happens, I don’t think there would be time for a pundit’s job,” an official told MTNFootball.com
“I also would advise the coach that he peruses his contract properly and see if there is any such window to do such a job.”
A friendly in Liberia for the country’s team of domestic league players has been rearranged for February 15 in Monrovia and the Eagles coaches are expected to be on the ground to prepare the team. But Keshi maintained that he does not have any issue with his employers over his TV role. “The so-called controversy is a creation of the media. I don’t have any problems about the pundit job whatsoever with the FA. They have not said anything was wrong with me and Amokachi doing analysis during the Nations Cup for Supersport.”