This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: NFF Admits Owing Keshi N10 Million

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari, Wednesday confirmed that the federation was owing Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, two months wages amounting to N10 million

Maigari Wednesday morning admitted on a Silverbird Television sports programme that Keshi was also yet to get an official car and accommodation in Abuja.

"Yes, he (Keshi) is owed two months (salaries and allowances) but it is not a deliberate attempt by the federation to do so. Remember that he just returned from vacation. But that will be sorted out soon.

"Concerning the official car and house, as the president of the federation no one has asked me if I have a car of my own. There's an existing car which is six months old but soon we will have all this sorted out.

"And let me also say Keshi hasn't complained because he's focused on getting the job done. Last time a report about this came out he told me he didn't speak to anyone about it," said Maigari.

However, the Super Eagles supremo said Wednesday that he understands the financial position of the federation and does not have any salary dispute with the Aminu Maigari led board of the NFF.

"In fact the board and by extension the Sports Ministry have been very supportive since I became the national coach about a year ago. Our friends in the media must cross check facts and not sensationalise things because we are at a crucial period of preparations for a major tournament," observed Keshi in reaction to a newspaper report that he was owed six months wages.

"Not that I don't need money but the nation takes precedence. Money will come at the right time but let's work first and we will get our dues," he said philosophically.

Asked about the final make up of the list of foreign based players for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Keshi said the media should be patient till early next week when the list will be made public.

"Only then will we know the number of home based players that will make the Faro, Portugal camp and also the list of the foreign based players for the camping exercise".

He however said any Nigerian player who is of quality has a chance of making the final cut for the tourney, assuring for the umpteenth time that current form and not names will be the yardstick that will be used to pick players for the tournament.

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