Contrary to popular speculation, there is as yet no contract agreement between the Nigeria Football Federation and Mr. Stephen Keshi concerning the Super Eagles.
In a statement today, Emmanuel Ado, on behalf of his client Keshi “categorically” stated that that statements credited to Mr. Emeka Inyama, a member of the NFF, that arrangements have been finalized for Keshi to sign the new contract are misleading.
“We have the draft contract from the federation and we expect to enter into negotiations today, 13th August 2014,” the statement said, underlining that contracts are neither a “take it or leave it”, nor a “master-servant” matter.
“While Mr. Keshi appreciates the confidence reposed in him by the federation to continue as the head coach of the Super Eagles I want to stress that he will not be intimidated or blackmailed into accepting the contract as proposed by the federation,” Ado said.
He pointed out that the NFF has always been aware of the September 6th Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match which comes up, and that it should be no excuse to rush Mr. Keshi into signing a contract to which he has some serious objections.
“Statements portraying or capable of portraying our client as unreasonable must be avoided,” the statement said, stressing that nothing has been agreed.
“We hope both sides will be able to reach common grounds on the issues that our client has reservations about.”