Keshi de­nies shar­ing Ea­gles’ money with NFF of­fi­cials

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Su­per Ea­gles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has de­scribed as ridicu­lous a re­port in a na­tional daily at the weekend which quoted for­mer As­sis­tant Coach, Syl­vanus Ok­pala as say­ing that the money given to the team by the Cross River state govern­ment af­ter last year’s Na­tions Cup tri­umph was shared by Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials.

Su­per Ea­gles’ Me­dia Of­fi­cer Ben Alaiya quoted Keshi as say­ing in a state­ment that the com­ment was not only un­true but a cal­cu­lated at­tempt to pitch him against his em­ploy­ers.

“I want to as­sume that Syl­vanus was mis­quoted but if not then there is no truth in such a claim, be­cause the NFF has never asked or shared from any monies given to the team by sup­port­ers and well mean­ing Nige­ri­ans and state gov­ern­ments.

Keshi also added that he as the Head Coach does not han­dle money and could not have been the one that paid Ok­pala, for him to ask ques­tions about short pay­ment.

“We have our rules here in the team and the team ad­min­is­tra­tor nor­mally li­aises with the Cap­tain and other rel­e­vant au­tho­rizes be­fore such monies are doled out. In­deed, the Cross River Govern­ment was very clear about who gets what and the money was paid di­rect to the ac­count of all the play­ers and of­fi­cials”.

He said why Ok­pala, maybe an­gry with the NFF over his present em­ploy­ment sta­tus, black­mail will go nowhere in cor­rect­ing per­ceived wrong­do­ing.

Sim­i­larly, Alaiya said For­tuna Dus­sel­dorf of Ger­many and Su­per Ea­gles de­fence ace, Leon Aderemi Ba­lo­gun, says he will drop the POP on his in­jured toe by the end of this week. Speak­ing on his health sta­tus, on Sun­day evening, Ba­lo­gun said he is re­cov­er­ing very well as he does not feel any pain on the in­jured toe but has been warned against rush­ing to train.

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