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Keshi, NFF at loggerheads again

07 February 2014, 12:24Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi and his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are in disagreement again over the appointment of a technical assistant for the senior national team.

The NFF had offered Keshi the choice of picking a foreign or local technical assistant that best suits him, but the gaffer refused.

The NFF and Keshi were involved in a strong disagreement during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, where the coach resigned moment after winning the trophy for Nigeria. He shortly returned to the job after intervention from the presidency.

NFF Technical Committee member, Paul Bassey said Friday on a sport programme on Inspiration FM that the body was trying to help Keshi.

“When we had a meeting before the kick-off of the CHAN, we asked Keshi to tell us if he needs a technical assistant of his choice, but he was not forthcoming with any answers.”

“He (Keshi) later said he would like to have Sylvanus Okpala back, but Okpala was sacked due to insubordination to the NFF and he can’t just make a return like that.”

“Nobody is trying to force any technical assistant on Keshi, but we all know it is a World Cup year, and he may need a match reader, technical aid or anything that could help the team, that’s all we asked him”.

NFF president, Aminu Maigari has however denied the federation imposing a technical assistant on Keshi.

The NFF has made several attempts in the past to employ a technical assistant for the Super Eagles, but their attempts have met a strong resilience from Keshi.

It could be recalled that the NFF also employed Tom Saintfiet as Technical Director of Nigeria football. The contract was terminated three months later as the Belgian could not get corporation from national team coaches.

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