New deal in the offing for Keshi

By Emeka Dennar

Media Officer of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ademola Olajire says the NFF board has concluded plans to offer Stephen Keshi a new contract.

Keshi has been out of contract since Nigeria’s ouster from the World Cup in June 2014, even though he was in charge of Nigeria’s failed bid to qualify for the just-concluded 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on an interim basis.

And negotiations over a new contract for the 2013 AFCON-winning coach have lingered with many stakeholders calling on the NFF to look for a new coach.

Speaking as a guest on a private television station, Channels TV Sports tonight show, the NFF Spokesman disclosed that Keshi is just a few hours away from putting pen to paper on a new Eagles deal.

“We’ve been on it for some time but people were very impatient. If you go into a marriage, there has to be terms and conditions,” Olajire said.

“The new board has talked about doing things scientifically; doing things in a different way; in a positive way to be able to get the optimum result. And that is what has been done.

“A process was initiated and a lot of people were carried along. The legal people were also carried along. Messages were exchanged between the prospective employee (Keshi) and the employer (NFF) and they came to terms.

“I think the new contract will be presented to Mr. Keshi very shortly; in a matter of hours and then, we will know where we are going. Everything is ready on the part of the Nigeria Football Federation,” Olajire disclosed.


Olajire, an Assistant Director (Communications) at the NFF also revealed that under the new contract, the Big Boss as Keshi is fondly called will not have the privilege of appointing the entire members of the coaching and administrative staff of the Super Eagles.

“There are people in the crew that Keshi himself will appoint. They are his assistants and the goalkeeper trainer. But the other members of the crew that are administrative, that is the responsibility of the Football Federation,” the NFF Spokesman stated.

Keshi earned a reported N5m a month in his initial contract and when asked the financial value of the new deal, the NFF mouth piece did not disclose how much Keshi will be earning under the new contract, saying that talks are still on to that effect.

“About how much he is going to take home, this is a contract and it is not for public consumption. It is still being discussed between both parties and I would not want to come here and start talking about figures,” the NFF Media Officer said.

The Technical Committee of the NFF had recently recommended Stephen Keshi to the board of the federation for contract renewal as the Super Eagles coach.

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