The Nigeria Football Federation has dismissed insinuations and dark innuendoes in sections of the media that it planned to sack Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama said at the weekend that the Federation had not bothered to dignify the insinuations with any response before now as it considered those rumours to be of such low quality undeserving of any attention.
“If an employer sits down with an employee to review performance, with focus on better output, that does not amount to threat of sack. In the civilized world, that happens every other day.
“The NFF never planned to sack Keshi as the Head Coach or the entire technical crew in its entirety. The Executive Committee is made up of decent and responsible Nigerians and we have respect for our employees and their contracts.”
Inyama lamented the desperation by some persons to discredit the NFF after the team had emerged triumphant in South Africa.“We do not have anything against people jumping on the train of success after the Super Eagles became champions of Africa.
Success has many fathers (and mothers). But it is uncharitable to try and take anything away from the Federation that worked day and night to achieve the success.“The NFF employed Stephen Keshi in the first place, gave him the motivation and incentives, and arranged friendly matches against Botswana, Zambia, Angola, Liberia, Egypt, Peru, Niger, Venezuela, Catalonia, Cape Verde and some European clubs to give the boys necessary exposure and turf courage. We got the team to Portugal for final training camp before receiving part of the money approved for the competition.