EXCLUSIVE By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is prepared to take the Nigerian Football Federation to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if they carry out the alleged plot to remove him as coach of the senior national team, a source close to Keshi has told completesportsnigeria.com.
Keshi who landed in San Francisco, the United States of America on Saturday, completesportsnigeria.com gathered, knows about the alleged moves led by NFF board member Chris Green to relieve the coach of his duties in the coming weeks.
The source reveals that Keshi will end up being paid for two years without doing any work for Nigeria.
“Keshi is well aware of the plot to remove him as coach of the team but he is not moved by that because he did not breach his contract,” the source told completesportsnigeria.com.
“If they had any valid proof of any breach of contract they would have sacked Keshi days after the report that he applied for the Ivory Coast was published. But they didn’t and resulted in sending people to him to resign his appointment as coach.”
The well connected source added that the NFF haven’t learnt from the lessons of Sylvanus Okpala who dragged them to CAS and won out rightly for his wrongful dismissal in 2013.
“They are still paying Okpalla and they want to do the same wasting the country’s resources doing that,” the source said.
“How can a board member collect $6,000 from tax payers money to investigate what has been proved not to be true?
“Keshi was approached by one of their cohorts on Friday that he should resign as coach but he refused because he did nothing wrong. Even the reported resume they say he sent was not his current one.
“If he wanted the Ivorian job he would have presented his current resume which entailed the 2013 AFCON triumph and the World Cup he led Nigeria to.”
Meanwhile when completesportsnigeria.com contacted Keshi over the purpoted move to render him redundant, the former Togo and Mali boss insisted that he was only concerned about doing his job.
“I’m focussed on my job which is to build a formidable team for my country,” Keshi told completesportsnigeria.com.
“I have not breached any part of my contract so I don’t want to talk about any plot.”