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In 2013, Stephen Keshi has taken Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations title and now to comfortable World Cup qualification, yet is astonishingly outside of FIFA's shortlist for Football Coach of the Year.
That same shortlist, though, includes the likes of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger who will end the year trophyless, despite having managed illustrious club sides. Vicente Del Bosque is also selected, despite Spain losing the Confederations Cup final convincingly.
As mentioned regarding Nigeria not challenging next summer, this current generation of Nigeria player cannot compete with the great names that the country has produced in the past. Yet, in spite of that, Keshi has achieved success.
They were uninspiring against Ethiopia, but they also never looked like losing. Considering the tools with which he is working, Keshi has done a fine job.
FIFA will host their gala in January, but may as well designate it as a Europe-based prize. That Keshi, Marcello Lippi and Cuca are overlooked after their respective successes this year is an insult to all non-UEFA federations and their contribution to the sport this year.