Nigeria’s apex football governing body, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF insist that they are ready to work with Stephen Keshi as the coach of the Super Eagles.
This declaration was made by the president of the federation, Amaju Pinnick, in another bid to clear the air following the failure of the NFF and Keshi to finalise the deal last Friday despite the initial announcement to that effect.
He was reacting to media reports by the weekend that the NFF were stalling on the contract renewal deal for Keshi until a new Nigerian government led by President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in on May 29.
Pinnick said, “I am shocked at these insinuations because the NFF executive committee gave the go-ahead for a new contract with Keshi at its meeting in Uyo last month, and Keshi and his lawyers have looked at the contract agreement and are satisfied with every word in the final draft.
“As a federation, we have gone ahead to arrange some refresher programmes for Keshi, at nobody’s prodding, and which are meant to enhance Keshi’s knowledge and improve the man’s capacity as a world-class strategist. We would not be doing that if we are not ready to work with him.”
Pinnick also stressed that no one was forcing the coach on the federation despite insinuations from some section of the media that Keshi was being returned due to executive fiat.
“No one is forcing Keshi on us. We have sat down with him and he has agreed to all terms that we put down and he is ready to work to lift the Super Eagles back to glorious days,” he said.
The NFF boss also assured the public that the contract signing and public presentation of Keshi as the Eagles coach will be done early this week. No specific date or venue was however given.
Keshi is expected to resume on the job without Daniel Amokachi as his assistant. Keshi has reportedly approved that the former Everton striker be replaced.