Former Super Eagles manager, Stephen keshi (L) and captain Joseph Yobo addressing a press conference at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa where the late manager led the Eagles to their third AFCON title.
Following the bribery allegation leveled against late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi by ex international like Chinedu Obasi, Obinna Nsofor and Brown Ideye, Emmanuel Attah, who was former Co-ordinator of the Super Eagles has said if those making unfounded allegations of bribery against the late coach in mind, they should allow the man who gave his all for the country to rest in peace.
Recall, some former Super Eagles players have made damning allegations that they were excluded from the national team because they refused to offer bribes to Keshi.
Although accusers didn’t mention his name, coaches who were in charge of the national teams within the period they mentioned automatically came under scrutiny.
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For instance, keshi was still the manager of the Super Eagles in 2014 when Chinedu Obasi was excluded from the squad to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Speaking to Daily Trust, Attah who was Super Eagles coordinator for over eight years expressed shock at such allegations and said the failure of the players to name those who demanded for bribes from them was disturbing.
He said if they wanted to help Nigerian football, they should have been courageous to mention the names of those who demanded bribe from them.
“For these players to come out at this time when some of these people are no longer alive to defend themselves is shocking and disappointing.
They should be courageous to mention the names. “Why wait for so long to make such unsubstantiated allegations.
Some of us were close to them, if they had confided in us, maybe we would have said yes, something like that happened.
Without names, it could be anybody, just anybody close to the team,” he said.
Attah reiterated that if any of the accusers had Keshi in mind, he would vehemently defend the hard earned reputation and integrity of the late coach.
According to him, the former Super Eagles captain was too big and patriotic to descend so low to ask or take bribe from any player of the national team.
“I was one of Keshi’s confidants. He confided in me a lot. If at all, I said if because nobody has mentioned any name, if anyone comes out to mention his name, I will say no, it is not possible.
“Keshi was too big and patriotic for such a thing. For instance, we used to have money in camp because players who contravened camp rules were fined. Even lateness and dress violations were fined.
We would gather this money which amounted to reasonable sum but Keshi never for one day said, hey, I need something out of that money.
“The kind of passion and commitment Keshi exhibited, I don’t think it is going to be easy for us to have such a coach again. So they should please allow him to rest in perfect peace,” he advised.
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