Stephen Okechukwu Keshi who has just signed a two year contract with the National Football Federation(NFF) has assured that the Super Eagles will win the Nations Cup in 2017. Although the value of the deal was not made public but keen followers of the drama of the recruitment of the national put the value at N5m monthly. Keshi had earlier called his contract slave contract perhaps because the NFF had insisted that he will have to sign a new code of conduct to regulate his behaviour which some members of the NFF frown at.
Stephen Keshi apologised to Nigerians for the inability of the Super Eagles to qualify for the last Nations Cup particularly their last match in Uyo. Speaking to the media on Friday after signing his new contract, Keshi said he was happy and the team was also not happy that they did not qualify for the last Nations Cup. He said his second coming is going to be a different ball game. According to him, ‘ my second coming will witness a total turnaround of the Eagles.
He said ‘I will do everything and the boys to bring the Cup back to Nigeria. I know where we went wrong and the boys know where we went wrong and we will do everything to correct the wrongs. We will do everything to bring the Cup back, why not.’
News coming out of the Glass House(which is what the headquarters of NFF is called) says the signing ceremony has been shifted to next week to allow other officials of the NFF who were out of Abuja to be present. The General Secretary of NFF Mohammed Sanusi on Thursday assured the media that Keshi was going to sign the contract on Friday. According to him, ‘I promise you by Friday , the issue of who becomes the coach of the Super Eagles will be over, because it will be sorted out finally. So by Friday, we will all know the new coach of the Super Eagles. We hope so.
Analysts say it looked like a sober Keshi . What they now expect of him is to concentrate on the game and the selection of the best the country has anywhere in the world. They advise Keshi to avoid sentiment in his selection and work in a cooperative manner with members of his coaching crew and the NFF management. They expect to hear news of successes and not crisis. They also expect that the NFF that has given the job will also give him the environment to succeed.
“IPOB is being sponsored by those I will call the Coalition of the politically disgruntled and the treasury looters. They believe that by sponsoring this group to destabilize the country and trigger chaos, they will realize their ambition of escaping justice and then be free to dip their hands into the nation’s treasury again.”
-Lai Mohammed(Nigeria’s Information Minister on IPOB)
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