Stephen Keshi Asking For Pay Raise As A Condition To Continue As Coach For The Nigerian Super Eagles
Stephen Keshi has come out and finally said he will stay if the Nigerian Football Federation will pay him more and on time. The soon to be out of Contract coach had led the Eagles to its third round of 16 finish at the 2014 World Cup appearance in Brazil.
Keshi also revealed that South Africa and some other teams have been trying to get him for long now, but South Africa seems to be his next likely destination if the NFF doesn’t give him a better contact and better condition.
He also revealed he would love to continue with his project:
“But if the offer isn’t good enough for me, then I will explore other options and possibly move on to another challenge, It’s always a good thing when you experience other climates.”
Keshi has been always been worried with the way he was treated by the NFF, said that there also needs to be changes in the way the Nigerian Football Federation relates to coaches under its employ.
He said: “Well for starters, my previous contract was never respected. I was paying one of my assistants (Valere Houandonou) for over a year, my former assistant Sylvanus Okpala was sacked without my consent and those things just never made sense. “I mean Nigeria is my country and I love my country, but I’m out of contract now so I have to move on.
“I have spent over two years as coach of Nigeria, and Nigeria flows in my veins but I just have to move on. “If the offer comes, we will sit down and talk and if there’s something concrete, then we’ll see how it goes. I have several offers but it’s South Africa that have been very vocal about their offer, so that’s the way it is.
“I’ve given my heart to Nigeria, I have done it for the country for years. I played as a captain of the national team for 14years so this isn’t about heart anymore. It’s now about professionalism, I am a professional football coach and that is all I do.
“I have kids in the university that I have to feed and I can’t do that by ‘heart’. Doing the ‘heart’ thing cannot work anymore, because that isn’t going to put food on my table,” Keshi told SL10.