Some very powerful government officials are reportedly on their knees begging for Stephen Keshi to remain as Super Eagles head coach,according to African Football website.
The website quoted an unnamed source as saying thus: “I can tell you that some very powerful government officials are now begging for Keshi to keep his job.
“These include a top security service boss and they have been bombarding the NFF secretariat with directives for Keshi to be given a new contract.”
Reports yet to be confirmed say that Keshi also enjoys the support of the country’s no.3 and senate president David Mark.
Mark was instrumental in dissuading to return to his post after he sensationally resigned moments after he led Nigeria to a third Africa Cup of Nations last year.
Unfortunately, “the very powerful shots” have met a brick wall to their pleas for Keshi because the secretariat do not have the powers to appoint a coach for the country.
The power to engage a coach rests squarely with the executive committee and a new one will only be elected later this month.
Another official said: “Were the NFF secretariat vested with the power to employ Keshi, he would have been at his post by now. But the reality is that the secretariat do not have such powers in the NFF statutes.”
Keshi returned to handle the Super Eagles for two AFCON qualifiers against Congo and South Africa at the instance of the country’s sports minister Tammy Danagogo.
Talks for a new deal for the coach broke down as a result of the leadership tussle that has engulfed the country’s football.
“It is up to the NFF to decide who handles the Eagles. The minister only requested that Keshi should handle the two games, since there was a vacuum,” said media assistant to the sports minister, Patrick Omorodion.
“He offered to pay for the services rendered by coach Keshi. But now that the two games are done with, it is squarely at the feet of the NFF to decide.”
A new NFF executive committee is expected to be elected later this month and it will decide whether or not Keshi will be the man on the bench when the African champions travel to face Sudan on October 10 in continuation of Nations Cup qualifiers.