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Keshi Stays

Stephen Keshi has withdrawn his decision to quit as coach of Nigeria.

The former defender appeared to announce his resignation on a South African radio station, just 24 hours of leading the Super Eagles to continental glory at Afcon 2013.

Tensions between Keshi and Nigeria’s football authorities simmered throughout the competition in South Africa, and Keshi appeared to indicate that his concerns had not been alleviated in the afterglow of Nigeria’s win over Burkina Faso.

However, after a heart-to-heart with Nigeria’s Minister of Sport, 51-year-old Keshi has opted to remain in the Super Eagle hot-seat.

In a statement released by the Nigerian Football Federation, Keshi said:  "My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as the head coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria.

"While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON 2013, which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation, I have since had opportunity to discuss the various issues with all concerned.

"I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job. I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention."

Keshi will now turn his attentions to the Fifa Confederations Cup, where Nigeria will represent Africa against the rest of world football's continental champions, as Brazil prepare to host the 2014 World Cup.

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