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Keshi: I’ll Only Return On My Terms!

Keshi: I’ll Only Return On My Terms!

Stephen Keshi has confirmed his desire to return as Super Eagles head coach but wants guarantees before he puts pen to paper on a new deal. Keshi’s tenure with the Super Eagles was marred by salary issues, where the AFCON winning coach and his staff worked for over seven months without pay.

He was heavily linked with the Bafana Bafana job since the expiration of his contract after the World Cup, but South Africa decided to hire Shakes Mashaba instead.

The 55-year-old has since confirmed his discussions with the Nigeria Football Federation officials over a new contract, but has reiterated that he is unwilling to return if his conditions are not met.

“Yes, I met with Deji Tinubu in Lagos before heading out for the US to see my family,” the former Eagles captain told African Football.

“It’s my country, I am ready to serve. I have started something I would love to finish. But I cannot work the way I worked last time, it’s not possible!

“All my staff, no, no, no! We have to be professional, everybody has to do what they are supposed to do. I cannot be paying another staff salary, when I am not the Nigeria Football Federation.

“We will see how it goes. If the conditions are met, we will be there, no wahala.”

In the meantime, the NFF have disclosed to Africanfootball.com they will forward a letter of intent for contract renewal this week to Keshi.

Head of a three-man committee for Keshi’s contract renewal, Deji Tinubu, who discussed with Keshi last week in Lagos, said: “We have made tremendous progress.

“We will first send a letter of our intent for a renewal of his contract and expect a reply from him as quickly as possible.

“This would allow us to start working on the terms of contract. We would have our terms and we know he would have his terms, but we would be working in such a way that we would arrive at an agreeable term that would suit both parties and then hopefully he signs.

“We can’t put a time limit on this, but we hope we are done with it as quick as possible considering that we have a game in September.”

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 7
  • what i want is that i want kechi to change’s mind and work hard. And to rember the (NFF) that were stil having elot of talented of footballer in our country so they should do help for our youth

  • Unogu E 4 years ago

    Keshi has overstayed his welcome. He has nothing again to offer. A coach who cannot not make a correct change in a match. I wonder what NFF is talking about renewing his contract to extent they increase his salary and Keshi given them condition. But if he should be retained, Okpala should be called back because if Keshi would be calling for Okpala’s inclusion therefore, Okpala is the man doing the work.

  • lambert 4 years ago

    unogu you re an ingrate to address a National hero that way
    Keshi cant make a change but won AFcon and rated 15 best coach in the WC and best in Africa if u hav nothing to say dont write.

  • Hi Unogu E, in as much as i agree that Keshi might not have much technical depth, but you will want to agree with me that he has his result and his record loudly speaks for him.

    If you own a Team on what basis would you sack a manager, on results or on the basis that he sometimes makes technical blunder?

  • Lucky 4 years ago

    That Keshi is calling for Okpala’s inclusion doesn’t translate to mean that it’s only Okpala doing the job.
    Check all the big name managers across the world (country and clubsides), you will be amazed at the large number of backroom staff they have in their team.
    It’s in Nigeria that when a coach is asking for an assistant, then it means the coach is not good. We just have to grow from where we were in the 80’s. Football has gone far beyond that.

  • vincent 4 years ago

    he knows the rudiments to the game which saw him drove us from beneath the surface sawdust of hollow dramatic decline at a point in time when no one had the proclivity to herald such drive inclusive the needed atmosphere, amongst this he threw up a size-able momentum at different occasion (AFCON,CHAN,WC) to spearhead loggerheads over his signature,accordance of liberty to manage his position should be rigidly attached to him given his impressive ratings

  • Uzoma 4 years ago

    ALL THOSE MAKING SILLY NOISE ABOUT KESHI NOT DONE WELL HAVE NEVER PLAYED THIS GAME. ALL THEY DO IS TALK AND TALK… IF WE LOOSE KESHI, WE ARE FINISHED!
    AGAIN, THOSE NFF BUSINESS MEN ONLY WANT AN OYIBO SO THAT THEY CAN HUSTLE FROM HIS SALARY.
    KESHI IS TOO POWERFUL FOR THEM TO CONER…
    CARRY GO BIG BOSS!