By George Aluo:The Sun
Spiritual head of INRI Church, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, who like other Nigerians is still writhing in pains over the death of former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has disclosed that he warned the soccer legend to seek the face of God after the AFCON 2013 Nations Cup.
Ayodele in a telephone chat with Daily Sunsports said he wrote Keshi a personal letter after the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup campaign to intimate him of the divine revelations he got.
“I have been in deep pains since I learnt of his death. Keshi was a soccer icon. He served Nigeria well both as a player and as a coach. I remember writing him a personal letter after the Nations Cup in South Africa and warned him to seek the face of God. He needed prayers and I told Nigerians then that Keshi has completed his assignment with the Eagles after the Nations Cup and that Eagles needed another coach to move forward.”
Ayodele urged Nigerian football buffs not to dismiss divine revelations, even as he insisted that the country does not need a foreign coach ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
“I have sent messages to the NFF and I hope they will listen. I have told them the Abuja Glass House needs some spiritual cleansing. On the Eagles, I have made it clear that what the Eagles need now is not a foreign coach. This is what God revealed to me. I m not saying it to attract publicity or for any financial gain. Let Pinnick Amaju and his board look inwards for a coach. From what God has revealed to me, an indigenous coach will not only qualify the country for the World Cup but take the Eagles far in the competition in Russia. Bringing a foreign coach will be a disaster. They shouldn’t waste money on a white man,” Ayodele said.
The man of God warned that the present leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should be resolved fast as it could see the country’s football be grounded on all fronts.
“The crisis is not good for our football. If it is not resolved everything will be at a stand still and most of those sponsoring the game will pull out. There will be no money in NFF and the country will stop doing well. I just hope the gladiators will seek the face of God and know that the country’s interest and that of our youths should come first.” On the domestic league, Ayodele said the League Management Company (LMC) could face litigation challenge, even as he warned that 3SC, Lobi Stars, Enyimba, Warri Wolves and Sunshine should pray not to run into a financial crisis that could lead to their disbandment at the end of the season.
“I see these clubs facing big financial problem that will affect not just their technical crew but the teams themselves. They need to pray to end the season without any crisis. Enyimba in particular can rule Africa again if they avoid management and players conflict. I see some confusion in the team and that could affect them psychologically. If they avoid this and pray together as a team they will make it this year.”