After months of speculation and negotiations that made it seem like a deal was never going to be struck between the NFF and African managerial icon, Stephen Keshi, the former Togo manager on Tuesday signed a deal with the Nigerian Football Federation that would see him oversee the technical management of the men’s senior team until 2017.
Following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations, Keshi came under heavy criticism and the NFF were reportedly not ready to offer Keshi, the man who led Nigeria to AFCON glory in 2013 and to the second round of the world cup for the first time in 16 years a new contract. Stephen Keshi finally emerged as the front runner for the job and after months of stalling, the NFF on Tuesday offered Keshi a new deal.
The new deal comes with a few clauses and one of them is that the ‘Big Boss” is expected to build a side that would qualify for and go a considerable distance in the 2017 AFCON. Keshi’s decisions concerning the national team would also be supervised by a technical committee and former Assistant coach and caretaker manager, Daniel Amokachi has been dropped. “The Bull” was replaced by Salisu Yusuf.