BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Nigeria's African Cup-winning coach Stephen Keshi has been reported to FIFA for racism after he called Malawi's coach crazy and "a white dude" who should go back to his native Belgium.
Tom Saintfiet told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Football Association of Malawi had made the complaint to the world body on his behalf and they were "waiting for FIFA's response."
"I have no expectation from FIFA but the world football governing body has rules on racism," Malawi coach Saintfiet said. "It's up to FIFA to decide."
The row began when Saintfiet expressed safety concerns over Nigeria's southern city of Calabar, the venue for a decisive World Cup qualifier between the countries next month. Saintfiet was citing a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advisory that described Calabar as a no-travel area because of fears of terrorism and violent crime. Malawi requested FIFA move the game.
In response to Saintfiet's doubts over Calabar, Keshi reportedly said on an African TV show that the Malawi coach, who has previously worked with the Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Nigeria national teams, didn't know about Africa because he was white.
"If he wants to talk to FIFA, he should go back to Belgium. He is not an African person, he is a white dude. He should go back to Belgium," Keshi said. "All other countries play in Calabar. Calabar is one of the safest places in Nigeria ... He is mad. I wish I could say it to his face."