By Moses Adeyemi

Nigeria Football Federation has recommended a renewal of contract for Stephen Keshi as the senior national team head coach.

The committee led by Emeka Anyansi- Agwu concluded their meeting and tabled their recommendation to the executive board of NFF in due course.

Anyansi, who disclosed this to media at the headquarters of NFF, stated that the delay in the contract renewal was to enable the
committee do a thorough job in a bid to get the best option.

He also explained that the committee has been in contact with the coach contrary to media reports where Keshi was quoted to have denied any approach by the committee.

According to Anyansi, “If anyone is saying that he has not been paid for about two months that he handled the team without contract, that
cannot be true. Keshi is my personal friend and we don’t hold anything against him.”

Keshi, who has been out of contract since the end of the Super Eagles’ 2014 World Cup campaign,failed to qualify Nigeria for the
2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea two years after he led the team to win the 2013 title.

Even though he has come under intense criticism by figures like former coach Amodu Shaibu and ex-player Jonathan Akpoborie
among many others, Keshi has been able to get a new contract due to the influence of President Goodluck Jonathan who asked the NFF to keep him on after he was sacked late in 2014.

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