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Stephen Keshi was dirty – Taye Taiwo

Former Super Eagles left-back, Taye Taiwo has alleged that the late Stephen Keshi who led Nigeria to the 2013 African Cup of Nations glory was involved in dirty dealings.

Taiwo in an interview with Face TV Africa said he was forced out of the national team because of dirty deals by coaches.

This is coming after former player Chinedu Obasi revealed that he was asked to pay money for his name to be included in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final squad.

Taiwo said, “I am someone who don’t want dirty glory and in my life, I have never been involved in what is not clean and that was why I packed my bags and left the Super Eagles.

”I cannot work or stay where I see that is dirty because I am serving a clean God, and if I am in an area that is not clean, I will have to leave the place.

”When they appointed Stephen Keshi as coach, he was acting someone in which I told my self that it was time for me to leave the Super Eagles.

”I packed my bags and I told my wife and family that I cannot be involved in dirty deals,” Taiye Taiwo explained.

Taye Taiwo says Stephen Keshi was dirty
Taye Taiwo accused Stephen Keshi of dirty dealings (PHOTO CREDIT: Al Jazeera)

Keshi was appointed national team coach in November 2011 and the late coach led Nigeria to her third Afcon glory in 2013 and also took the Super Eagles to the knockout round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Keshi’s glorious reign which ended unceremoniously in July 2015 has been marred with recent comments of bribery allegations and corruption with former players revealing dirty deals under his watch.

Former youth international Emmanuel Sarki who now plays for Haiti national team also revealed to Liberty Radio in Kaduna that he was asked to pay £10,000 for him to be invited to the national team.

”While I was in Poland Wisla Krakow, my club’s president spoke with the national team coaches inviting them to come and watch me in which he was asked to pay for the flight tickets.

”I was now called by the same people my club contacted and was told I should pay £10,000 if I want to be invited that coming to watch me was not enough,” Sarki explained.

Yesterday, The Athletic NG reported that two players, Michael Uchebo and Imoh Ezekiel paid money to be included in the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.


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