By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi is ready to continue on the job with just an increase of N1 million to his present N5m monthly salary.
Revealing this to the media yesterday in his office, the minister of sports and chairman National Sports Commission, Tamuno Danagogo, said that Keshi turned down the N5million offered him by the NFF because he cannot be on same salary for three years.
He divulged that the contract talks with Keshi will continue as soon as the NFF crisis is sorted out, adding that increasing theh’s coac pay by N1m is not too much after three years of good service.
“The NFF has been negotiating with Keshi but apparently because of the situation on the ground, the negotiation has not been very successful,” Danagogo said.
“If you look at it, his contract expired around when we just exited the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“Apparently, the NFF as at then was not very eager to re-negotiate with him. So we (National Sports Commission) were trying to see whether the NFF would negotiate with him. They were on that when a few things stated coming up. Then Maigari was suspended and Mike Umeh came in, then commenced negotiation with him (Keshi). But negotiation was stalled because they couldn’t agree on the remuneration.
“We again told Umeh to allow Maigari to come in to finish his tenure and do a peaceful election. From that Maigari came back and they too said that, that amount of money they wouldn’t be able to agree with it.”
He continued: “When I look at it that we have a match on the 6th of September (2014) why do we unduly delay the contract. So I called Keshi personally to know what the issues were. He told me what they have offered him and what he has asked to be paid.
“I asked him if he wanted to continue doing the job. He said he is desirous and I told him I will undertake to see that when the dust is settled on the NFF issue we will get him and the NFF to sit down and sign the contract. I then asked him to come and do the work and if need be the Ministry can pay him. I told him if the NFF cannot pay him the NSC can pay for things to be done.