After a prolonged battle over the coaching job of the Nigeria senior national team which has seen the Super Eagles’ fortune dip in recent time, respite seems to have finally arrived.
Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, told media on Thursday that the signing of a new contract by coach Stephen Keshi will be done by Friday.
“I promise you by Friday, the issue of who becomes the coach of the Super Eagles will be over because it will be sorted out finally. So by Friday we will all know the new coach of the Super Eagles,” said Sanusi.
Goal reliably gathered Keshi would arrive Abuja from his base in Benin on Thursday early enough for the Friday unveiling.
An impeccable source told Goal that “Keshi has agreed in totality with the leadership of the NFF on his new two year contract that would expire after the finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, if Nigeria qualifies any way.”
Keshi is expected to earn Five million Naira per month and would report to the Technical Committee of the NFF.
Sanusi equally spoke on plans to bring in more investors into the game to support football development, and not relying solely on the Federal government for support.
“I want to use this medium also to call on all aggrieved parties and friends that love football to please come together to move the game to the next level.. Let’s build our football together,” he concluded.
The 53-year-old has also confirmed his intention to meet with the NFF and sign the contract on Friday.
“Yes, I have been called for the contract signing. It is happening this week. We’ll tidy it all up,” Keshi was quoted by SportingLife.
Keshi’s previous contract ended after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where he led Nigeria to the second round, the first time since 1998.
While the NFF faced internal crisis of its own, his contract was not renewed as he was asked to work on a per-game basis as Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.