Keshi And Yobo Quit Nigeria

Stephen Keshi is stepping down as Nigeria coach after his team were beaten 0-2 by France in the World Cup round of 16.

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With his current contract running out this month, the former Nigeria captain said he had not received any offer of a new contract from the federation and did not expect to.

He also informed his players in the dressing room after the game that he would not be carrying on, and thanked each player for their contributions.

“I’m now going to spend time with my family. I haven’t seen them in a long time, so it’s time to take a break,” Keshi said.

Reports claim he has agreed a two-year deal with South Africa, but Keshi refused to deny or confirm that.

Captain Joseph Yobo has also called time on his international career after becoming the first Nigerian to reach 100 caps.

The defender marked his final game with a stirring performance in defence, blotted only by a late own goal in a 2-0 loss to France in the World Cup round of 16 fixture.

He told after the game that it is over. “This is it. I’ve had some great years playing for Nigeria and it has been a wonderful experience, but it’s time to face my family now and concentrate on my club career.”

Yobo made his debut aged 20 in an African Nations Cup qualifier against Zambia in Chingola in 2001. The Super Eagles drew 1-1.

During an international career which has spanned 13 years, Yobo scored seven goals.

During this period, he has also won Africa Cup of Nations gold (2013) and bronze medals (2002, 2004, 2006 and 2010) and played in three FIFA World Cup finals (2002, 2010 and 2014).

Monday’s game was his 10th Fifa World Cup match, more than Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu – the only other Nigerian players to have featured in three Fifa World Cup finals.

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