–Hopes to seal permanent deal next week
By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has exclusively told Complete Sports that he has agreed in principle to extend his contract with the Nigerian Football Federation, ending speculation regarding his future on the job.
Keshi has been widely reported to have agreed to take charge of only the Super Eagles for the AFCON 2015 qualifiers against Congo and South Africa next month. But he revealed to Complete Sports that he will sign a permanent contract with the NFF.
Complete Sports exclusively gathered that the former Togo and Mali boss will seal a new deal before the Eagles qualifier against Congo in Calabar and will pocket N7 million monthly, along with other incentives.
“I’m back and I will be in the country once my agent gets me a ticket back to Nigeria,” he told Complete Sports as at 8:25pm Monday night.
“It’s not just about the money; it’s about providing a workable condition for the coaches to yield positive results for the team.
“I spoke with the Minister Tammy Danagogo and I’m confident things will get better because he has given me assurances.”
He also told Complete Sports that he is confident of starting afresh on a winning note.
“Every team wants to beat Nigerian but when Congo comes to town we will be ready for them,”
“It’s not my style to boast before a game but I can assure you that our immediate task is to qualify for the Nations Cup,” Keshi added.
The former Anderlecht player who led Nigeria to the country’s third AFCON title in South Africa also equalled the country best ever finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.