Keshi Opted Out of Presidential Reception for Holiday.

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi chose not to grace the Presidential reception for his African Nations Championship (CHAN) squad on Thursday.

The 52-year-old tactician flew out to the United States of America on holidays, after his employers had already informed him to stay back for the gala.

The coach was rewarded with a sum of 1.5 million Naira by President Goodluck Jonathan after guiding the home-based Eagles to a third-place finish in their debut appearance at the CHAN tournament. Each member of the 23-man squad was given 1 million Naira, while the three assistant coaches also got 1 million Naira. the seven backroom staff received 500,000 Naira.

Stephen Keshi Flouted an Order to Stay Back for Thursday's Presidential Gala.
Stephen Keshi Flouted an Order to Stay Back for Thursday’s Presidential Gala.

Keshi’s absence also had an effect on Wednesday’s technical committee meeting in Abuja, where he was expected to defend his call-ups for next month’s World Cup warm-up against Mexico.

He would later talk with the NFF technical committee on phone from his house in the US.