Out-of-contract Super Eagles boss,Stephen Keshi will be offered a two-year deal worth N120m following the recommendation of the technical and development sub-committee of the Nigeria Football Federation that the big boss should be retained .
The sub-committee,Complete Sports scooped recommended a two-year deal for the former Eagles captain with a N7m monthly pay but a member of the executive committee of the federation who does not want to be named says the federation cannot afford the recommended salary and has opted to retain the coach on his former salary of N5m a month. The source also rubbished reports in the media that Keshi will be offered N4m monthly,saying the new executive committee is not blind to the near unprecedented achievements Keshi recorded in his first stint despite not qualifying the Super Eagles for the recently concluded AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.
‘The president (Amaju Pinnick) has always talked glowingly about Keshi’s achievements and believes he deserves not only respect but help.We will adopt the technical and development sub-committee’s report with a minor adjustment in terms of the coach’s take home pay,’revealed the source who did not want to be named.
He also gave resons why the federation cannot afford to pay what the sub-committee recommended.
‘The value of the naira and has gone down due to the devaluation of the naira occassioned by the drop in the price of crude oil and this has also affected the federation’s earnings.Unless the Sports Ministry rules otherwise and agrees to pay the balance of the N2m,the NFF will pay Keshi N5m.”