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Keshi’s ‘slave contract’ comment uncalled for, says Okocha


FORMER Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha has described as ‘unprofessional’ a declaration by Coach Stephen Keshi last week that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) handed him a ‘slave contract.’

  Okocha who was recently elected chairman of Delta Football Association, told The Guardian at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on his way to London for a capacity building programme that rather than trade words on pages of newspapers, Keshi should find a better way to discuss issues concerning his contract with the NFF.

  “I read the comment credited to Keshi that the NFF offered him a slave contract and I was not too happy because I expected him (Keshi) to play by the rule. There is a Technical Committee arm of the NFF and I expected that Keshi should approach the members rather than resort to sending his messages through the media. It does work out that way,” Okocha said.

  The capacity building programme in London for Okocha and 18 others, including Coach Shaibu Amodu, Kanu Nwankwo, John Obuh, Florence Omagbemi, Ann Chejine, Paul Aigbogun and Edema Fuludu was sponsored by Taleveras Foundation in partnership with the NFF to ensure that science is applied in football in the technical areas.

   Okocha who played alongside Keshi at Tunisia ’94 African Nations Cup and USA ’94 FIFA World Cup said that such comment by Keshi was capable of generating bad blood within the football family saying: “I expect Keshi and the NFF Technical Committee to seat in a round table and iron things out. In that way, they will be able to sort out their issues.

  Keshi had declared last week that he had received a new contract from the NFF saying: “From the clauses I have seen so far, I don’t know what words to use but the contract can be described as a slave contract.”

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