24 July 2014

Nigeria: Football Federation to Begin Negotiation With Keshi Over New Contract

Abuja — The NFF executive board, which reconvened to conclude their meeting a few minutes after the impeachment of Alhaji Aminu Maigari as president of the board, yesterday decided to commence the process of ratifying Stephen Keshi's position as Super Eagles chief coach.

After Super Eagles second round defeat by France at the just concluded Brazil 2014 World Cup, Keshi said he would table before the NFF conditions that would make him remain as national team chief coach.

He stressed that his condition of work under the Aminu Maigari-led board was humiliating, adding that he had decided to ensure that the federation followed all the provisions of his contract before he would return to the job.

In a communiqué signed yesterday by its Media Sub-Committee Chairman, Emeka Inyama, the NFF mandated the technical sub committee to immediately open channels of communication with Keshi with a view to extending his contract, adding that the Federation was still interested in working with the coach.

The board also resolved that as part of efforts to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing incident where the Super Eagles players refused to train in Brazil as a result disagreement over money, all financial issues with players and officials must henceforth be thoroughly deliberated upon and agreed ahead of major matches and competitions.

It said, "the committee also expressed satisfaction with all arrangements so far made for the different national teams, namely Falconets, Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets ahead of important international matches and qualifying games, and also directed the Technical Sub-Committee to meet in a few days to harmonize all arrangements in this regard, while directing the NFF Management to proceed with discussions with a number of African countries with a view to the Super Eagles playing a friendly match on the FIFA window of Wednesday, August 13, 2014, as part of preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches."

The NFF board also approved arrangements being made to host the final of the 2014 Federation Cup (men and women) competitions in Lagos, as well as reaffirmed that the Federation's 2014 elective congress/general assembly of the would still hold as scheduled on August 26, 2014.

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