Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is a man that shouldn't go near any Nigerian soccer bench. After winning the 2013 edition of the African cup of Nations in South Africa, a steady fall was noticed in the performance of the team.
Just a month after the continental victory, Nigeria forced Kenya to a 1-1 draw in a World cup qualifier that was played in Calabar in March 2013.
The team have lacked coordination ever since February 2013. The team had a poor performance at the FIFA Confederations cup in Brazil where they lost 2 of their 3 group games.
After managing to overcome Ethiopia,Kenya and Namibia ensure route Brazil 2014 World cup, the Eagles lost a couple of friendlies against Greece, USA and Jordan.
The 2015 Nations cup qualifier started in September with Nigeria losing at home to Congo Brazaville by 3-2. A goalless draw against South Africa and a 1-0 loss to Sudan made it almost impossible for the team to book a place at the AFCON 2015 tournament.
Victories over Sudan in Calabar and a 2-0 away win over Congo Brazaville revived the hopes of Nigerian fans, but a shocking 2-2 home draw nailed the coffin on the crooked Super Eagles team.
It's still unclear why Keshi decided to invite Emmanuel Emenike who had failed to score an international goal since February 2013.
Kenneth Omeruo was forced to play the match in Uyo despite having an injury. Azubuike Egwueke had been a suspect in the Nigerian defence for a long time and Keshi paid dearly for it as the South Africans got an impressive draw.
Nigeria's president actually facilitated the return of Keshi after NFF had failed to extend his contract.