NFF to retain Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles coach

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
Stephen Keshi

The NFF says it is waiting for the terms and conditions of Coach Keshi.

The Techical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has said the federation is ready to continue working with Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi, whose contract expired immediately after the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

At a press briefing after a meeting Wednesday in Abuja, a member of the committee, Paul Bassey disclosed the federation’s intention to retain Keshi as head coach of the Super Eagles.

“We want to work with Keshi for continuity,” Mr. Bassey said. “We don’t have time. We have a match (AFCON2015 qualifiers) in September, if we are not able to pay more or add to the salary, we should make sure the money is there. We have to rectify past mistakes. We don’t want to owe, and not be in a hurry.

“Keshi has the first right of refusal it is not easy to start looking for a coach now. If Keshi continues, it will be fine.”

Mr. Bassey, a member of the Confederation of African Football’s media committee also revealed that Keshi has expressed his interest in the job and that the NFF was waiting for him to come forward with his terms and conditions.

“Stephen Keshi is willing to come back if his terms are right,” Mr. Bassey said. “We read in the paper that he wants 10 million naira and also that he wants Sylvanus Okpala to come back to the coaching crew.

“His contract has expired. We need to renew his contract and we really don’t mind that but let us see his terms first.”

Mr. Bassey said the Technical Committee would now wait for the NFF’s executive board to make decisions on remuneration based on their own recommendations.

“We passed our advise already. We are waiting for the board to make decision. We can only say what we can give as salary.”

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