Afcon 2015 ticket my greatest concern, not job, says Stephen Keshi

Head coach of Nigeria’s national team Stephen Keshi has said his immediate concern is to win at Congo and qualify for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations rather than his saving job as Super Eagles gaffer.

Keshi, who returned after been replaced by veteran coach Shaibu Amodu despite he led the African Champions to beat Sudan 3-1 in Abuja, needs victory against Congo and South Africa to make the AFCON 2015 finals.

The former Mali and Togo handler said he is there is life after managing the Super Eagles should he not be handed a contract at the end of the 2015 Afcon qualifying series.

“I don’t think it is proper to say my fate is tied to this job. My concern right now is the game against Congo, and not whether I will still be in charge of this team after the match against Congo or South Africa,” Keshi told journalists on Wednesday.

“I think you all need to stop this because my destiny is not tied to Nigeria. I came from somewhere.

“It is wrong to say my destiny is tied here because this country is bigger than any individual. If I am not the Super Eagles head coach today, my life will still go on. Also there are other places where I can go if I stopped being the coach of this country,” he continued.

“But right now, I have a job to do and that is to ensure that the team qualifies the country for the Nations Cup. God forbid if we don’t qualify what will happen? It will not only affect Stephen Keshi, it will also affect you and every other Nigerian who love this sport.

“So I think this is not about Stephen Keshi but about Nigeria. All I want from my countrymen is to pray for the team and not me because I am just one man,” he concluded.

Nigeria will travel Pointe Noire to face Congo in a must win encounter on Saturday if they are to stand a chance of defending their African title.