Super Eagles' Head Coach Stephen Keshi yesterday described the seven-month salaries being owed him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as "the lowest point" of his coaching career.
Keshi, who stated this in an interactive session with the media yesterday, ahead of the Super Eagles' upcoming international friendly against Jordan in Amman, was reacting to a statement credited to the NFF that the allowances and bonuses the team's coaches earn were enough to sustain them.
The coach is being owed about N35million in salary arrears.
Keshi however said the NFF had not done him any favour with the Super Eagles' coaching job, because he had done the job with all he had.
"The lowest point of my career is working and not being paid for seven to eight months. I have never had this kind of experience before," he said.
The former Super Eagles captain recalled that he was never owed his salaries when he worked with the Malian and Togolese football federations as coach of their senior national teams.
"In Mali, they will never owe you. Your salary will hit your account before the end of every month. It was the same thing in Togo.
"Owing me up to seven months makes me feel I am not being appreciated. It is like they (my employers) think I am being favoured in what I am doing.
"I am not being favoured. Whatever I am doing here, I am doing it with everything I have and I need to be respected to be given my pay," Keshi said.
He said it was unbelievable that he and his colleagues had worked without pay for about eight months out of the 24 months they have worked with the Super Eagles.