–Eagles coach awaits NFF new board
Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi believes that what he achieved in less than three years in charge of Nigeria’s senior national team is enough to earn him a fresh contract in the senior national team.
Speaking with Complete Sports, Keshi whose contract expired after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil said it was unfortunate that the issue of his contract renewal was allowed to linger for a long period of time.
He said that he has done well since taking over as Super Eagles in November 2011 and ought to have been offered an improved contract shortly after the World Cup but surprisingly that has not happened.
“I took charge of the Eagles when they were at their lowest having failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and I was able to turn things around by winning the African Cup of Nations in 2013 with relatively young and new team. It was the first time in 19 years,” says the Big Boss.
Big Boss further said that aside from injecting new players into the Super Eagles, he also tinkered the home based Eagles to qualify for CHAN for the first time and won Bronze by finishing third.
“I also qualified for the World Cup in Brazil and reached the last 16. I met all the terms of my first contract which included reaching at least the semi finals of the Afcon and qualified for the World Cup. After all these, I think I should have been given a new contract without hesitation.
“I know the NFF leadership crisis affected our contract talks but I decided to continue the job until it is resolved. Now that we have a new leadership, I believe they would re open the contract talks soon” he said.
The former Togo and Mali coach said his priority now is how to lead the Eagles to win the two games against Sudan next week in Khartoum and Abuja.