The former Nigeria skipper was replaced as the Super Eagles coach on Thursday by the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee and promptly replaced by Amodu Shuaibu – albeit on an interim capacity.
However, SL10.ng have exclusively gathered from sources inside the Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) that the EFF have shortlisted Keshi, as well as two other coaches to replace the under-fire Mariano Barreto, who’s currently handling the Ethiopian men’s national football team.
The Walya Ibex of Ethiopia are bottom of group B, in the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with three points from four games – their first and only win coming on Wednesday in a hard fought 3-2 win over Mali in Bamako. And with qualification looking very unlikely, the EFF have shortlisted three candidates that could replace the 57-year old Barreto, with Stephen Keshi being the prime candidate.
The Ethiopia Football Federation are yet to make any official statement to this effect, but SL10.ng understands that the executive committee led by Juneidi Basha will meet within the next two weeks to decide Barreto’s fate, and possibly the appointment of Keshi.
“The executive committee will meet within the next two weeks because Barreto will be fired, and Keshi is likely to be appointed. Two other coaches have also been shortlisted but many of the executive committee members believe Keshi is the right man,” a source informed SL10.ng.
Barreto, an Indian-born Portuguese coach replaced Bishaw Sewnet in April 2014 and was tasked with leading the Walya Ibex to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations but with Ethiopia all but out of the qualifying race, Keshi looks set to become the next coach of the Ethiopian team.
Meanwhile, the Stephen Keshi camp has refused to deny or confirm the interest. Emmanual Ado, Keshi’s agent told SL10.ng that they would not be confirming or denying anything at the moment.