With Stephen Keshi in the frame to becoming the next coach of the Stallions of Burkina Faso, it has been gathered that the Nigeria Football Federation will announce a successor to the former Super Eagles captain almost immediately if he is named as coach of the Francophone country.
There has been a ‘deliberate delay tactics’ by the NFF in handing the 52-year old a new contract, which has seen the Super Eagles without a substantive coach since Keshi’s contract expired last summer after Nigeria’s exit at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Reliable sources at the Glass House have informed that the NFF have a draft of a contract proposal to Keshi, but they’re sure it will be rejected by the ‘Big Boss’, as it includes stringent clauses and a pay cut.
The source said, “there is a proposal they have at the moment, but I’m sure the Big Boss will not accept it because there are very stringent clauses on how he’ll work and a pay cut as well.”
Now that Burkina Faso are having the former Mali coach as one of the candidates as a possible replacement for sacked Paul Put, the NFF is all ears waiting for the outcome. A coach will be appointed almost immediately after, if Keshi is named the Burkina Faso coach.
“They (NFF) will almost certainly appoint a new coach immediately Keshi is announced as coach of Burkina Faso. There is a deliberate delay tactics on their part not to offer him a deal, and since there are no competitive games until June, they are happy to wait,” a source informed.
Keshi was fired last October after Nigeria defeated Sudan 3-1 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, but was believed to have been reinstated by the presidency, and as a result, the NFF have found it difficult to get rid of him, even though he doesn’t have a valid contract with the Glass House.
Keshi is in contention with French-German, Gernot Rohr and Serbian, Milovan Rajevac to become the next Burkina Faso coach.