NFF keeps mum on Keshi contract


Despite confirming that out-of-contract Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi will continue as coach of the outgoing African champions, the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation have refused to comment on whether the embattled 52-year old former Nigeria captain will be offered a new deal.

It is being reported in some section of the media that the NFF have mandated its technical committee to commence contract talks with Keshi, with NFF executive committee member Emeka Inyama being quoted as saying ‘The board has mandated the technical committee to finalize a contract for Keshi as he still remains the coach of Nigeria’, but technical committee chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu has refused to comment on the issue, rather referring the issue to the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick.

“I’m not going to speak on that, you should call the president. He’s the only one authorized to make a comment and respond to that,” Anyansi-Agwu said.

However, when Sl10 contacted Pinnick, he was rather raucous in his response, and demanded never to be asked about Keshi’s situation again.

He said: “You people should leave me alone on this matter,” he said rather abruptly. “You people should allow Nigerians to rest. You people should allow this matter, media people please. I don’t want to speak on anything Keshi, please. With all due respect, please,” he said before ending the call.

Pinnick had said in an earlier interview that ‘Keshi is the head coach, he has won everything and he is still going to work’, but refused to comment on whether they will offer the former Togo coach new terms.

Keshi has been out of contract since the end of the last World Cup in Brazil, but has since carried on without signing a new contract with the NFF.

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