The reign of Stephen Keshi as the head coach of the Super Eagles has ended following the decision of the new executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to relieve him of his duties.
The decision to do away with Keshi and his crew - Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu - was taken on Wednesday after the NFF executive board meeting in Abuja.
Earlier in the day, Nigeria had won its first AFCON 2015 qualifying match, beating Sudan 3-1 at the National Stadium, Abuja.
While relieving members of the Super Eagles technical crew of their duties, the NFF executive board praised their past heroics, but according to the communique of the NFF board meeting signed by Honourable Sulaiman Yahaya Kwande, "in the interest of Nigeria football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals," Keshi and his crew members had to go.
In interim capacity, the NFF board appointed former Super Eagles coach Amodu Shaibu to lead the team in the remaining two AFCON 2015 qualifiers after which an expatriate coach will take over. Shaibu will be assisted by Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu.
However, the NFF board approved that Keshi, Amokachi and Shorunmu should proceed on any coaching course of their choice in any country of their choice to build their capacity "at the expense of the NFF."
Meanwhile another Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has been named as the head coach of the Nigerian men's U-23 team and he will be assisted by coach Fatai Amoo. Other members of the crew, according to the NFF communique, will be recommended by the Technical and Development Committee of the NFF.