The National Sports Commission, NSC, on Tuesday confirmed that Super Eagles’ coach Stephen Keshi, has agreed to resume work preparatory to Nigeria’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, qualifiers.
A statement in Abuja by Patrick Omorodion, the Special Adviser on Media to the NSC Chairman, Tammy Danagogo, said Keshi’s decision was based on Danagogo’s intervention.
It said the intervention by Danagogo, who is also the Sports Minister, followed the prolonged negotiation between Keshi and the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
“Keshi has agreed to carry on with the job because of his love for the team Super Eagles, the country Nigeria and because of my intervention. My intervention was however necessitated by the prolonged negotiation between him and the NFA. So, he will go on with his job as Super Eagles’ coach while the negotiation continues and the contract finally approved and signed,” Mr. Danagogo was quoted as saying.
Emmanuel Ado, an aide of Keshi, had on Monday revealed the existence of the agreement between the Minister and the coach.
He had said Keshi agreed to work with the team ahead of Nigeria’s opening Group A matches against Congo and South Africa in the qualifiers.
The matches are slated for September 6 at home in Calabar against Congo, and September 10 away to South Africa.
Keshi’s two-and-a-half-year contract had expired after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Hence, renewal talks had become necessary and urgent in view of Super Eagles’ qualifying matches scheduled for September 6 to November 19.
But the wrangling among board members of the NFA had kept the issues surrounding the contract renewal to remain unresolved until Danagogo stepped in.
Nigeria had been drawn alongside South Africa, Congo and Sudan in the qualifiers for the 2015 AFCON slated to hold in Morocco next January.