Thursday, October 3, 2013

Nigerian Coach Stephen Keshi gets a warning from FIFA over Saintfeit comments


World Football body FIFA sent out a stern warning to Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi over comments made towards former Malawi coach Tom Saintfiet in August.
According to the Malawi Football Association (FAM), the comments which came ahead of the sides’ World Cup Group F qualifier in September were racist.
 FAM had reported Keshi to FIFA after he called the Belgian “a white dude who should go back to Belgium”.
FIFA said it would “impose sanctions if such incidents happen again”.
In an email sent to Nigeria's Thisday Newspaper, a FIFA spokesperson stated: “The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee referred to article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and requests that Mr. Keshi guarantees that incidents of such high gravity do not occur again in the future.
“If such incidents should happen again, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee will be left with no other option than to impose sanctions against the coach, Mr. Stephen Keshi.”

In case you missed it, the whole incident between Nigeria’s coach, Keshi and Malawian Coach Saintfiet all started right after the Belgian coach requested that the venue for the WCQ be moved from the set venue, Calabar, Nigeria on security grounds.
Keshi did not take this lightly as he reacted angrily to Saintfiet’s suggestion about the insecurity in Nigeria. In any case, the match was played in Calabar Nigeria on September 7th as slated; Nigeria won 2-0 qualifying the Super Eagles for the play-off stages of the WCQ for next year’s competition in Brazil.

The current African Champions will face Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on 12 October for the first match of the two-legged tie, with the return in Calabar on 16 November.