The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that the purported resignation of Stephen Okechukwu Keshi as the head coach of the Super Eagles, 24 hours after guiding the team to Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) victory in South Africa was overblown out of proportion.
Addressing newsmen yesterday at the conference room of the Nigeria Football Federation, chairman media and publicity committee of the NFF, Emeka Inyama insisted that there was no quarrel or any issue of misunderstanding between the NFF executive committee and the coach. He said there was no interference from the board on the coach. His detractors are only trying to hijack the situation by playing politics with it so as to portray the NFF in bad light.
He said the NFF has remained the biggest supporter of Coach Stephen Keshi. "To start with, the NFF employed Coach Stephen Keshi in the first place, gave him the motivation, incentives and the enabling environment to succeed. At the beginning, and as we speak, the NFF has remained the biggest supporter of Coach Stephen Keshi.
"After employing Coach Keshi, we set in motion the machinery to make him succeed and this include re-strategizing and re-focusing, like giving equal opportunities for players in the domestic league in the national teams. We also showed commitment to giving motivation, incentive and exposure to these players through organization of several friendly matches.
These paid off handsomely with a number of home boys shining brightly in South Africa, and one of them scoring the crucial winner against the tournament favourites, Cote D'Ivoire and the winner against Burkina Faso that gave us the trophy," he said.
Speaking further Inyama said the federation did not owe Keshi any salary prior to the tournament and gave him free hand to carry out his job.