MIMI BINAFSI NAMZIMIA HUYU JAMAA AJE KUMRITHI MAXIMO....WADAU VIPI?(ANAWEZA KUWA BEI POA PIA LAKINI VASTLY EXPERIENCED) African Nations Cup: What Next For Stephen Keshi After Mali Exit? Skippo says hes open to new job offers. By Lolade Adewuyi Jan 20, 2010 i Mali coach Stephen Keshi came to the Nations Cup with one of the most impressive line-ups of star names in African football. Three matches later, the Nigerian-born coach is on the cusp of losing his job after the Eagles crashed out via the head-to-head rule employed by CAF to judge group stalemates. Algeria have the honour of moving to the knockout stage courtesy of their 1-0 matchday two win over the Malians. As one of the few African coaches who led their teams to Angola, Keshi is a shining light for the collective African coaching system. But the flambouyant former Nigeria captain, who won the Nations Cup in 1994, could not transform the immense talent in his team into winners. What was the problem with Keshi, one might ask? He has come out to say that he never had much influence in choosing his team. Like many coaches working in Africa, Keshi claims that he never had much say in who was going to play, and that that decision belonged with the officials of the Mali FA. Hence, Keshi has once again overseen the fall of a Malian side that shows great promise but never delivers. It has been said that Mali lack confidence to challenge for big titles even with all their star players playing in Europe; Seydou Keita (Barcelona), Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid), Momo Sissoko (Juventus) and Frederic Kanoute (Sevilla) are all stars in the team. Will Keshi bow out of the Mali job with yet another dent on his career file? He came into the Mali job highly recommended after successfully helping tiny Togo qualify for the 2006 World Cup. If many expected him to re-enact his magic with Mali they were left disappointed. Ghana pipped them to the ticket. In coming to the Nations Cup, Keshi eventually won his first ever Nations Cup match in six tries (lost three matches with Togo in 2006) as head coach in the last game, beating Malawi 3-1, but that was not enough to keep them in the tournament. Keshi has put the blame for his teams poor showing at the doorsteps of the Mali federation. Will he keep his job? The coming days will tell if the gaffer will continue in his role or not. One certainty is that he will need to dust off his coaching books and find where he went wrong otherwise he will slowly be building a reputation as a coach who excels playing qualification matches but fails at the final lap on competition day.