by Mark Bassey
Stephen Keshi has blasted the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), for making Nigerians think he was keen on continuing as Super Eagles boss.
The national team has been without a substantive coach, since Keshi’s old contract expired after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“Nigerians have been deceived; I never applied for the Super Eagles coaching job as the NFF have lied to Nigerians,” Keshi told Punch.
“I didn’t receive any contract terms, nor did my agent. I only see all these things on the pages of newspapers, but I decided to keep quiet. The NFF has succeeded in deceiving journalists in Nigeria.
“In one of the early interviews Pinnick had after he became NFF president, he made it clear that Keshi would not be coaching the team, so how come he is turning around to say he is offering me a new contract, and that I’m the one stalling. I’ve told them I don’t want the job. I’m tired of coaching and being surrounded by people who don’t want me in the job.
“Pinnick told everyone that the NFF had paid us (the coaches) our entitlements, but he was lying. They still owe us two months salaries and the winning bonus from the last Sudan game which we won.
“They’re saying these things because they want Nigerians to see me as a bad person. I’ve been very patient and quiet but they kept lying about a contract.”
Keshi also spoke about being overlooked for the Burkina Faso job. The Stallions have picked Gernot Rohr as their new manager.
“It was a privilege to be considered in the first place. Someone has to get the job and they can’t appoint everyone that applied,” he stated.
“I’m not really bothered, such things happen. I’m going to consider other options I have and move on.”
Ifreke Inyang is a public commentator and social media critic who has worked with a number of high profile publications across the country.