This Day (Lagos)

21 February 2013

Nigeria: Keshi - No War With NFF, Maigari

Super Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi, has raised alarm over plans by detractors of the team to pitch him against the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation and the President of the body, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.

Speaking from Abuja on Wednesday afternoon, Keshi said there was never a time he said the NFF was desperate to dispense with his services but only mentioned that they have issues to settle that have since been amicably resolved.

"I wonder what people want to gain by saying I'm fighting the NFF, I'm at war with Alhaji Maigari, who in the first place found me worthy of employment as national team's coach?.

"I am seizing this opportunity to beg all those who are desperate to return us to the dark days of football that Nigerians know better now and won't allow it."

Eagles Spokesman, Ben Alaiya, said in a release that Keshi praised the leadership qualities of the Maigari-led board and called for total support to enable the board do more for Nigerian football.

"I have never and will never fight my President, all I have asked for is support from him and am getting that over 100 per cent so let those wanting us to start a war leave us a alone," he said.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the Super Eagles have again hailed the exemplary disposition of Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, who despite initial fears that the team will not go far in the tournament was the first to start showering money on the team by giving the team $100,000 before its final game group game against Ethiopia.

Team Scribe, Dayo Enebi Achor, said in a statement that Governor Amaechi deserves a special place in the annals of Nigeria football as he was the first among several Doubting Thomases to believe that the team will win the AFCON tourney despite what many have called a stuttering start to the tourney.

Team Coordinator, Emmanuel Atta, also heaped praises on the Federal Government for their prompt release of the announced amount made for the team

"It simply means that the days of empty promises are long over and kudos must be given to Sports Minister Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi and President Goodluck Jonathan for this gesture."

Business mogul, Chief Emeka Offor, was also well appreciated for his support for the team after claiming the AFCON 2013 trophy.

Chief Offor has already redeemed his $500,000 pledged to the team.

"We appreciate Chief Offor and several corporate citizens who have shown that it's not only by words of mouth but through action that they back the Eagles," Achor said in a statement.

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