Former captain and one time handler of the national team, Christian Chukwu has said that his comments on the protracted contract talks between the Nigeria Football Federation and out-of-contract Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi were based on what he termed as “the body language of the NFF.”
According to him, “from what I can read of the body language of the NFF, it appears they do not want Keshi any more but they have not been bold enough to tell him so. Instead, they have been trying to please some one somewhere.”
And this, Chukwu said won’t be good enough for Nigerian football.
“If actually Keshi is being forced on them by a higher authority, how then are they going to relate with him when he eventually resumes?” Chukwu wondered.
He reasoned that without a cordial relationship between the coach and his employers, there would always be rancour that may not augur well for the team.
“That is my concern because Nigerian football will be the victim at the end of it all.”
He however submitted that the power to hire or fire a coach squarely rests with the NFF.
“I was misquoted when they said I asked the federation not to hire Keshi. They have the power to appoint anybody they want. But their body language showed that they did not want him. They are just trying to please somebody and that’s not good enough. If I were Keshi, I would take a walk. I am only concerned as a stakeholder in Nigerian football. Time is not on our hands as the Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers will commence soon.”