No for­eign coach for Su­per Ea­gles – NFF

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Joshua Odeyemi

Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) will not en­gage the ser­vices of a for­eign foot­ball coach for the na­tion’s se­nior male team, Su­per Ea­gles ahead of the forth­com­ing FIFA World Cup in Brazil, of­fi­cials have as­sured.

The Chair­man, NFF Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity Com­mit­tee, Emeka Inyama gave the as­sur­ance while speak­ing at the Fed­er­a­tion’s me­dia brief­ing in Abuja yes­ter­day.

“I want to use this medium to clar­ify the is­sue once and for all, that we do not have plans as a Fed­er­a­tion to hire any other coach for the World Cup. We do not have any plans what­so­ever to bring any for­eign as­sis­tant to work with Keshi,” he said.

There have been spec­u­la­tions that the NFF was in­deed plan­ning to en­gage a for­eign man­ager for the Ea­gles but Inyama main­tained that: “We have con­fi­dence in Stephen Keshi and we will sup­port him all the way.”

He said the query is­sued to Keshi was blown out of pro­por­tion, in­sist­ing that he didn’t see any­thing wrong with an em­ployer query­ing an em­ployee.

“The pur­pose of a query is to clar­ify is­sues as the case may be and it is not sup­posed to be in the pub­lic do­main. Keshi has since replied the query within the time given to him and the Fed­er­a­tion is sat­is­fied with it. That is the end of the mat­ter.”

The NFF Ex­ec­u­tive Board mem­ber ac­knowl­edged that there have been very wor­ry­ing is­sues be­tween the Fed­er­a­tion, the Su­per Ea­gles and Stephen Keshi for some time now.

“It seems as if there is war. It seems as if the coun­try is go­ing to break into two. But hon­estly, I want to as­sure you to­day that there is peace. There is no ten­sion.”

Emeka Inyama

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