Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has shed more light on the controversy over his comments on Malawi national team (The Flames) handler Tom Sainfiet.
Saintfiet had claimed the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) reported Keshi to world football governing body Fifa over a racist jibe after ‘The Big Boss’ described him as “a white dude”.
Keshi, who was speaking at a media briefing on the team’s preparations for Saturday’s decisive World Cup qualifier said his comments were meant to defend Nigeria and the Super Eagles.
“I was defending my country and my team,” Keshi said. “Whatever I said was not directly to him (Saintfiet) personally.”
The development, which has much been described as mind games by football enthusiasts, was prompted by the Fam written concerns to Fifa over the choice of Calabar for the September 7 final Group F qualifying match between both nations, on security basis.
Meanwhile, the Cross River State Police Command says it is ready for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Mr. Hogan Bassey, gave the assurance in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, saying:
“It is not in our character to disclose our strategies but I can assure you that the police are ready to provide adequate security.
Bassey also solicited the full and relentless cooperation from the government and people of the state by reporting any suspicious character to the command.