Keshi denies sharing Eagles’ money with NFF officials
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.