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Keshi to sign new Super Eagles deal next week

26 March 2015, 15:22

Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have approved the reappointment of Stephen Keshi as national team coach, and he is expected to sign a contract next week.

Several online sources have quoted NFF president Amaju Pinnick as saying: "The executive committee of the NFF met today (Wednesday) and approved the recommendation of the technical committee for Keshi to continue as the country’s coach.

"It is now just left for Keshi to sign on the dotted lines."

Keshi is reportedly set to meet with NFF officials in Abuja, possibly next week, to put pen to paper on a two-year contract that will see him earn 5 million Naira per month with add-ons of N3m for accommodation and N 500,000 for transportation.

Keshi, meanwhile, says that he has not yet signed any deal, despite some media reports to the contrary.

Also read: Keshi finally accept NFF contract?

"That is some joke right?" he said. "How can I be in Abuja to sign a contract on the same day that the national team will be playing a friendly game [Wednesday’s match against Uganda in Uyo, Akwa Ibom], where everyone in football administration in the country will be there? Who will I go and meet at the NFF?

"No one spoke with me about signing anything today in Abuja. Will there be any signing without the presence of the president of the Federation who is already there in Uyo for the friendly game? It’s absurd and not true."

Keshi did, however, hint that he could be set to sign next week: "I don’t know where whoever wrote that story got the information from. It is not true. I am not in Abuja to sign any contract today (Wednesday). Maybe I’ll be in Abuja next but definitely not today?"

The Super Eagles are currently being looked after by Daniel Amokachi, who is the caretaker coach.

Their next outing is against South Africa in a friendly international this Sunday, at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

In his first stint as national team coach, Keshi won the 2013 African Cup of Nations (in South Africa) and qualified the team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but failed to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

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