By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Jolted by the reported attempt by Burkina Faso to snatch out-of-contract Super Eagles coach from Nigeria, the Nigeria Football Federation has formally made a contract offer to Stephen Keshi.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick said on Monday in Abuja that the paper work for Keshi’s renewal has been finalised and would be sent to the coach latest by Wednesday to accept it and start work if he agrees to the terms of the contract.
Pinnick refuted reports that the NFF was deliberately delaying the process to frustrate Keshi.
“We have done everything concerning Keshi’s contract,” he told Complete Sports. ”
The only reason it has stayed this long is because we don’t want litigation; we have to look at everything that will protect him and also protect the federation. What we want is the best for the country and that is just what we have done. If Keshi agrees to sign after looking at the contract, then he can start work immediately.”
On the reports the former Super Eagles captain may be heading to Burkina Faso to coach their national team, Pinnick said: “Keshi is a man that has his choice, if the Burkinabes are offering him a better deal than what we are offering, then it is unfortunate that we’ll allow him to go; we cannot hold him if he wants to go.”
Meanwhile, the executive committee of the federation will meet Tuesday next week to deliberate on their programmes and review other activities of the body.