Contrary to our earlier reports, coach Stephen Keshi has denied that he has agreed with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to coach the Super Eagles.
It would be recalled that it was reported in the media last week that the former coach of Togo an Mali and the NFF have concluded negotiations over a proposed contract for the latter.
However, Keshi’s representative and brother, Emmanuel Ado, has come out to state that the football federation has only sent his client a copy of the contract proposal.
“I want to state it clearly to you that my brother has not reached an agreement with the NFF yet. I am meeting with the NFF today on behalf of the Big Boss [Keshi] at about 1pm,” Ado told Supersport.com on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014.
According to the statement issued on Wednesday by Keshi’s representative, it disclaimed words from the NFF that the former Nigeria captain will sign a new contract this week.
“Statements credited to Mr Emeka Inyama of the NFF that arrangements have been finalised for him [Keshi] to sign a new contract are misleading,” part of the media release from Keshi’s camp read.
Ado, however, disclosed that negotiation with the NFF will hold in Abuja later on Wednesday.
He did not disclose details of the contract proposal from the NFF to Keshi though reports suggest the monthly pay proposed to Keshi still remains at the N5 million he earned in his last contract that ran between 2011 and 2014.
Keshi in his first stint as Eagles’ manager won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and guided Nigeria to a second round finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
It was rumoured after the 2014 Mundial that the Nigerian coach would dump Nigeria to coach South Africa despite the country’s coming out to state that they don’t intend to appoint Keshi to fill the vacant position.
Few weeks ago, the South African Football Association, SAFA, named Shakes Mashaba as their new head coach to rubbish speculations of Keshi’s departure.