Out-of-contract Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says it is only the Nigeria Football Federation that has the power to hire coaches for the national teams and he will not say no if the Federation offers him a contract to continue as coach of the Super Eagles.
Apparently replying to the House of Representatives comments in the media that It (the lower national legislative house) can help the NFF to ‘chase’ him away.
Keshi however says it would be unfair to criticize him after the NFF offered him a new contract to continue as Super Eagles trainer.
“I have been severely hurt by the comments some persons have made about my person in recent months but I prefer to focus on the future.
“The NFF is the body that decides who should coach the national team and if they say they want Keshi, who am I to turn my back on my country?
“I am a professional coach and can coach anywhere in the world but if your country wants you, it’s only proper that you listen to the offer and see how it goes,” Keshi toldsupersport.com.
The coach then went on to discuss his “special bond with Nigerian football” adding that he would give his best coaching the national team if contract talks with the NFF on Wednesday (yesterday) go smoothly.
“It is true that my representatives will be discussing with the NFF about the contract.
“Contracts are a two-way thing. You talk about what you want, what you don’t like and the other party does same.
“I cannot say for now if I will sign the contract. We just have to see how it goes.
“The truth is I have a special bond with Nigerian football. I played for Nigeria at junior and senior levels and won a lot of trophies with my country.
“Winning the Afcon title in South Africa as a coach is also something very special to me.
“I will want to continue to serve my country but we just have to wait and see how it goes,” he said.