The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has disparaged Stephen Keshi for saying a new deal offered him by the football authority amounted to a “slave contract”.
It would be recalled, the 52-year-old Keshi reportedly made the remarks after receiving his new contract following an eight month wait.
The Technical Committee Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Felix Anyansi-Agwu has disclosed to BBC sport that “The act of taking contractual matters to the media doesn’t show maturity and discipline from [Stephen] Keshi.”
“Contracts are not signed on the pages of newspapers and his objections or concerns should be addressed to the federation and not to outsiders.
“Why insult your potential employers in the media if you plan to work with them. He should stop embarrassing and insulting the country in public, it’s the reason he has a lawyer who could speak to us.”
The latest outburst has led to Anyansi-Agwu urging Keshi to ‘walk away’ if he is not happy to share his concerns directly with the NFF.
“The whole thing should not have been blown out of proportion. It’s the NFF employing Keshi and not the other way round, so if he’s not happy he can simply ‘walk away’.
“The role is not his birth right, so he should stop acting like it’s him or no one else.
“He’s not going about it the right way. Keshi can’t employ those employing him, so if he’s not happy he should come back to us and we can look into it.
“Keshi has worked in other countries and he didn’t engage Togo and Mali in a media war, so if he has advisers then they should tell him the matured path to follow, “Anywansi-Agwu concluded.