Keshi apologises to Nigerians, says he has no problem with Pinnick
Super Eagles out of contract coach, Stephen Keshi, has apologized to Nigerians for any misunderstanding that may have occurred in the discharge of his duties.
He has also clarified that he has no problem with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, or any other principal staff of the federation. Speaking through his agent, Emmanuel Ado, Keshi said any perceived “problem, whether real or imagined,” between them would always be resolved amicably in the interest of the game and the country they both love.
“Keshi has always related well with Pinnick as a brother and as Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission before now. The chairman’s passion and achievements over the years bear eloquent testimony to what he is capable of replicating in his new job at the NFF.
After the 2013 Nations Cup, Amaju was instrumental to Delta State Government hosting the team and the renaming of the Asaba township stadium after Stephen Keshi,” said Ado. According to Ado, “the lessons of the last few months is that united we win and divided we fail.
Allow me to state unequivocally that there will always be differences, but it is how these differences are managed that is critical. So moving forward. I expect that the board, the media, the fans and the coach would continue to rub minds on issues that will help our football, but once the coach takes a decision he should be supported.”
Ado further described as unfortunate the story that Keshi called the president of the federation a liar, saying, “Keshi is ever decorous and will never use such words for the president of the federation.
He is too cultured to use such a word. “Those who profit from sensationalism as a way of life, create chaos by “twisting facts out of context only to suit their own purpose.
“The other unfortunate story that I have read is that Keshi was behind the arrest and detention of the former President Alhaji Aminu Maigari. This is a blatant lie. Who is Keshi to order his arrest? The truth is that Keshi visited Maigari and prayed for his release. And Maigari was also instrumental in him becoming the chief coach of the Super Eagles.
“In a similar vein, I want to on behalf of Keshi apologize to all Nigerians and most especially the fans for the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2015 edition. There were problems that contributed to the failure of the team to qualify for Equatorial Guinea, which by the Grace of God has been largely resolved.”
On the issue of the NFF reportedly offering his client a “slave contract,” Ado explained that he was the one who made the statement in the context of reports that “Keshi was going to sign the contract without negotiations.”