20 December 2012

Nigeria: Keshi Denies Being Owed N30 Million

Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has reacted to a newspaper report that he was being owed the sum of N30million by the Nigeria Football Federation which amounts to six months salary, saying the story is not true.

The Eagles' coach cleared the air while interacting with sports journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

Keshi said 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.

"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.

Faro trip

Asked about the final make up of the list of foreign based players for the SA 2013 Nations Cup, 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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