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Keshi’s utterances not professional, says Anyansi

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NIGERIA Football Federation’s (NFF) Technical Committee has expressed dismay over the ‘negative approach’  of out of contract Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, to the issue of a new contract for the senior national team coaches.

 Keshi on Wednesday told journalists he was not ready to work under some conditions stipulated in his new contract by the NFF, including taking directives from the federation’s technical director, Amadu Shaibu. 

  Speaking on Keshi’s position, NFF Technical Committee chairman, Felix Anyansi Agwu, told The Guardian yesterday that Keshi should have channelled his position on the terms of his contract to the football governing body instead of  complaining on the pages of  newspapers.

  He maintained that there was still a cordial relationship between the former Togo coach and his employers, declaring  that the NFF was working round the clock to ensure the right measures were before announcing the new coach for the Eagles.

  The Enyimba  FC of Aba boss, said: “I don’t want to make much statement on the issue of Keshi’s contract. If he has any objection on his contract, courtesy demands that he discusses the issues with the federation instead of speaking on the pages of the newspapers. It is not professional. The NFF does not have any problem with Keshi. Any moment from now the issue of who handles the Super Eagles would be settled,” Anyansi said.

  The issue of Keshi’s contract has been a subject of speculation since the Eagles failed to qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup. Some soccer pundits believe the NFF is waiting for the outcome of the 2015 elections to appoint the Eagles’ boss. There is the belief that because the coach has the Presidency’s support, the NFF cannot afford to deny him a new contract.


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