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April 19, 2015

Why Keshi’s contract signing failed

Why Keshi’s contract signing failed

WORRIED — Keshi

BY JUDE OPERA,   Abuja

Nigerians who waited for the much celebrated signing of contract between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Coach Stephen Keshi scheduled to take place Friday had their hopes dashed as the evnt did not hold afterall.

WORRIED — Keshi

WORRIED — Keshi

The general secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi had last week said that the two bodies would sign the contract by Friday.

But checks by Sports Vanguard in Abuja revealed that the contract signing did not hold because of a number of factors, including the absence of the president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick who was said to be out of the country.

Also it was gathered that another issue that may have delayed the contract is the fact that the parent body, the National Sports Commission (NSC) is still studying the document to ascertain whether it is in line with the thinking of the federal government.

Meanwhile, the vice president of the NFF was apparently not anywhere near Abuja despite the fact that his boss, Pinnick was out of the country.

“I’m in Lagos and the president is not in the country,” Akinwumi con-firmed, Friday, adding, “when we are unveiling

we will let you know.”

Even though Keshi was said to be holed up in a hotel close to the Wuse Zone 7 office of the federation waiting to be summoned over, it seemed that the NFF had no plans for him.

Some quarters are already spreading rumours that the NFF is stalling until the change of government to yank the contract offered to Keshi while they hire new person for the national team job. But, time may not be on their side as the 2013 AFCON champions will start their their qualification campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in June against Chad in Abuja.

The issue of renewing the contract of Coach Keshi has been a controversial one

since the end of the 2014 World Cup. Soon after the Super Eagles started showing signs that they may not qualify for the last African Cup of Nations (AFCON), and the federation sacked Keshi but was forced to rescind due to alleged directive by the presidency.