The dream of out of contract Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi to return to Mali Eagles as coach has been terminated with the appointment of Frenchman Alain Giresse by the Mali Football Federation yesterday.
Giresse who is making a second stint as Mali coach is expected to sign a two-year contract today, that country’s football federation said.
Keshi was reported to be among the forerunners on the shortlist for the job until yesterday’s announcement which put to rest all speculations surrounding his fate. He is in negotiations with the Nigeria Football Federation for a fresh contract.
This brings to four, countries that have snubbed the former Nigeria international since his contract with the NFF lapsed after the World Cup in Brazil. South Africa, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso had all named him among those who were angling for a job with their football federations but on each occasion other candidates were preferred at the end.
Giresse, a former France international was coach of the west African country from 2010 to 2012, taking them to a third-place finish at the 2012 African Nations Cup finals but quit soon after when he rejected new contract terms.
Giresse replaces another former World Cup player, Poland’s Henryk Kasperczak who parted ways after Mali failed to get past the first round at this year’s Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea following a drawing of lots.