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Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi resigns after exit

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has stepped down from his position after the Super Eagles’ exit from the World Cup in Brazil.

France scored twice in the last 11 minutes in Brasilia on Monday to reach the quarter-finals at their expense. The 52-year-old was appointed Nigeria boss in 2011 and helped them become African champions two years later.

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo also retired from international football following their exit. Fenerbahce’s Yobo, 33, scored a late own goal after Paul Pogba’s header had broken Nigerian resistance.

Keshi offered his resignation after last year’s Africa Cup Of Nations triumph, citing a lack of support and respect, although he was persuaded to stay by Nigeria’s sport minister.

A group stage win against Bosnia-Hercegovina helped Nigeria reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 1998, despite the players being involved in a row over bonuses.

He becomes the sixth manager to leave his job during the World Cup, following the departures of Honduras’s Luis Suarez, Iran’s Carlos Queiroz, Japan’s Alberto Zaccheroni, Italy’s Cesare Prandelli and Ivory Coast’s Sabri Lamouchi. Keshi, who captained Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup finals, was previously in charge of Mali and Togo.

Iran and Nigerian played a goalless draw in Curtiba. It was Iran’s only point in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

In contrast to the highly successful campaign by Nigeria under Keshi  in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, many people in Iran demand that Queiroz stays as head coach  , which achieved poor results and well below public expectations!.

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