The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have said that they are not aware of any plan by Coach Stephen Keshi not to return to his position as Super Eagles head coach.
Both the NFF and Keshi have been locked in contract negotiations without reaching any concrete agreement, the development he is fed up with and wants to seek elsewhere to move on with his career. There has been speculation over Keshi’s future, after the 52-year-old failed to reach an agreement with the NFF over the new deal offered him.
Keshi is demanding for an improved contract before accepting to lead the Super Eagles to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. Having earned N5 million per month in his previous contract, the former national team coach of Togo and Mali is seeking for a new pay structure where he would earn between N10 million to N15 million a month.
He insisted that contract negotiations shouldn’t have dragged on for so long, stating that he has moved on from managing his country’s national team. “Talks over a new contract shouldn’t drag on. I can’t wait any more – the NFF is not serious,” Keshi told BBC Sport.
“I have moved on. I can only wish the country well for the future. There’s a game in two weeks (Nations Cup qualifier against Congo) but no-one is thinking about it and at the same time they expect you to win,” Keshi stated.
When contacted about the development, chairman technical committee of the NFF, Barrister Chris Green said he is not aware of Keshi’s plan to dump Nigeria because of the delay in his contract negotiation.
When pressed further on why the contract is being delayed, he told LEADERSHIP Sunday Sports to call the President of the NFF, Aminu Maigari for clarification. “May be you should call the NFF president for clarification. I am not aware that Keshi has dumped Nigeria.”
“I have people, who are above me. You should find out from them why his contract is being delay,” Green stated.
Meanwhile, LEADERSHIP Sunday Sports, gathered that Keshi may be heading to one of the other oil-rich African countries Angola, Equatorial Guinea or Gabon. According to his close associate who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, the three oil-rich nations have formerly tabled offers for Keshi to consider. “There have been contacts from Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, but he kept them waiting because he wanted to continue with Super Eagles. Now that he has made-up his mind not to continue with Nigeria, he may likely consider one of them,” he said.