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.
TERMS AND
CONDITIONS
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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