Ahead of plans by the Burkina Football Federation (BFF) to grab Stephen Keshi to coach that country’s national football team, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has disclosed that the NFF has made the ex-international a new deal, and that he could resume work as Eagles coach Wednesday if he agrees to the new contract.
Pinnick, who noted that Keshi has a right to pick Nigeria or B’Faso, also stated that a draft copy of the contract would be sent to Keshi Tuesday or latest by Wednesday tomorrow morning for his consideration.
Keshi’s initial three-year deal ended after he led Nigeria to the Round of 16 at last year’s World Cup in Brazil and he has since been working without a contract.
The Burkina Football Federation (BFF) last week announced Keshi as one of the three individuals on the shortlist for the national team job. Keshi is bidding for the contract alongside German Gernot Rohn and Milovan Rajevac.
But the NFF president who recalled that the Technical Committee of the federation had approved the reappointment of Keshi said that the delay in his re-engagement was done in order to protect both parties from litigation that might arise in the future from contractual disputes.
He however admitted that Keshi has the final say whether to accept the Burkinabe proposal in the event he considers the Stallions offer to be more competitive than the package NFF is offering.
“Keshi is a man and ultimately he has the final say if he is not satisfied with what we are offering in relation to what Burkina Faso is placing on the table,” Pinnick said.
Meanwhile, the board of the NFF will meet next week Tuesday in Abuja.
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