By Adeola Aderounmu
Some things should not be taken for granted by FIFA and when necessary immediate amends should be made and apology or apologies tendered.
Where am I heading?
The coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles have been left out of the shortlisted candidates for the coach of the year award by FIFA.
In the times past, FIFA and CAF ignored the likes of Okocha for World and African footballer of the year awards even when we saw that at some points, Okocha was the best player in Africa and probably the world.
Keshi is one of only two men who has won the African Nations Cup as a player and a coach – the other being Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary (source BBC Sports)
Keshi is the only African coach to have qualified two countries to the World Cup. He led Togo to the 2006 Finals but was fired before the tournament kicked off. Now he is taking Nigeria to Brazil in 2014.
The Super Eagles did not lose any gain in the campaign towards Brazil 2014.
Now, can FIFA answer this question? What is the basis/ What are the bases or criteria for shortlisting FIFA’s coach of the year?
Is it the colour of your skin?
Is it the continent you live on?
Is it the country you come from?
If FIFA’s criteria are based on achievements, why is Stephen Keshi not on the list?
Is FIFA a promoter of racism in football?
I think people and African especially should be asking questions about the activities of FIFA.
There are many scandals in the past that have been treated with kid-gloves or swept under the carpets especially the bribery scandals. No one knows how far up the scandal eventually reached, we just knew that a few scape goats were brought to the spotlight.
That Keshi did not make the shortlist is a scandal!!!
No one is saying that Keshi should win, but respect is reciprocal. Keshi has been disrespected by FIFA.
FIFA is telling Africans that the football achievements on the continent of Africa is meaningless and inconsequential, me think!
When FIFA does not respect Africa or African coaches and footballers, what do we expect from the racist football fans around the world?