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Keshi dismisses racism accusations

27 August 2013, 11:03 Emeka Adebanji

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Abuja - Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi defended his criticism of his Malawi counterpart, Tom Saintfiet, but denied suggestions that he was a racist.

Ahead of the crucial 2014 World Cup clash between the two nations, the Belgian coach's accusations have dominated preparations for the qualifier.

The Flames manager had promised to report Keshi to FIFA over his utterances which described the Belgian as “a white man who should go back to his country.”

However, Keshi insisted that he was standing up for his country.

Saintfiet, who has vast experience coaching in Africa, has previously described Nigeria, where has previously been offered employment, as unsafe.

“I was very unhappy that a man who last year was prepared to work in Nigeria with a four-year contract can all of a sudden start to describe the place as unsafe,” said Keshi.

Saintfiet was announced as Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation and was set to commence duties until the Nigerian Sports Minister, who felt that it was better to appoint a Nigerian, scuttled the appointment.

Keshi maintained the was no bad blood between him and his counterpart.

“I have nothing against Sainflet, he was in Nigeria recently and we shook hands and had a few things we discussed," Keshi said.

Malawi will visit Nigeria on for the final group qualifier scheduled for September 7 in Calabar. - CAJ News


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