Lagos - Sports minister Tammy Danagogo has revealed the Nigeria Football Federation wanted a foreign coach but could not afford one, eventually settling for Stephen Keshi instead.
Nigerian football seems determined to continue shooting itself in the foot until it is no longer able to stand.
The decision to reappoint Keshi as the Super Eagles head coach was a controversial one and split opinion among fans, pundits and soccer professionals in the country.
The organisation's decision has now received a huge blow after the outgoing minister for sport claimed the NFF rehired Keshi because he was the only coach they could afford.
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"I told them to employ a better coach if they didn't want Keshi," he told SL10.
"I challenged them not to change Keshi just because they didn't like his face, but because they had better options. I didn't really care about any names, but just a better option.
"They wanted to bring in a foreign coach which would have been good but they couldn't even pay Keshi the N8 million he initially requested and we know the better foreign coaches wouldn't even accept less than N30 million monthly, so that was the issue.
"So after I gave them that challenge to bring a better replacement for Keshi and not just anyone with no pedigree just because he's foreign, it was then they told me they couldn't afford it."
Danagogo went one step further saying the NFF had to look overseas or appoint Keshi by claiming there were no other viable options in Nigeria.
"They couldn't find a better coach with pedigree here in Nigeria and the good ones we know, like Samson Siasia, are already handling other teams," he added.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.