Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Sports Minister To Pay Keshi For Congo, South Africa Matches
The controversies rocking the Nigeria Football Federation is threatening to derail the Super eagles preparation for the next Africa cup of nations in Morocco, as contract talks with coach Stephen Keshi has continued to stall.
Reports however say the minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, has come to the rescue, agreeing to pay Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi for two upcoming qualifying Africa Cup of Nations matches.
A Nigerian Football Federation insider has said that against the backdrop of reports at the weekend that Keshi had walked out on the country and has decided to settle for his other suitors, the Sports Minister called him up to appeal to his sense of nationalism. His camp suggested that patriotism was the only reason he accepted the call to duty.
“Keshi had been with his family in the US when he got the call from the minister, who has always been more disposed for Keshi’s continuity in the Eagles manager race and money was offered for him to come home and take charge of next month's matches, with assurances from the minister that favourable negotiations would continue on his return,” the was quoted as saying.
It is unclear what the Minister offered to pay the coach, but the practice where the Ministry and even the presidency bails the football federation out of messy financial spots has been going on for many years.