Ahead of the contract renewal talks with the three-man committee put in place by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), coach Stephen Keshi’s manager Emmanuel Ado has dismissed insinuations that the coach may have to settle for something less than N10 million monthly.
Speaking to newsmen before entering into negotiation session on Wednesday
afternoon, Ado said he was taken aback by reports that Keshiwas putting money first.
“Gentlemen, this is not fair, we have been reading what you guys have been saying about his wages. Let me tell you, Keshi as a coach is bigger than N10 million, countries like Angola are coming forth with mega deals.
“A club in Angola offered Keshi a monthly salary of $120,000 (N19.4million) recently but he has not taken it. So what is N5million or 10million to him?” Ado asked.
“We have no doubt that we are going to come to a mutual agreement which is what the committee has been mandated to present, but I will not be able to go into any details about the terms and conditions.
“But having given us a written expression of interest, Mr Keshi is definitely desirous of retaining the position of head coach of the Super Eagles and will be able to come down to the level of the NFF, realizing, of course, that we are not a multi-billionaire organization,” he said.
NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told Goal that he is confident that the two parties will reach an agreement eventually.
“Keshi has not told us anything around N15 million Naira, I don’t know where this is coming from. I’m not a part of the small panel put together to speak to him but I know that there’s nothing like N15 million,” Olajire said.