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.
Bilateral Air Services Agreement Underway For Direct Flights Between Lagos, Abuja and Kingston - Jamaica
Nigeria and the Caribbean island of Jamaica are to finalize Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) in order to establish direct flights between Lagos/Abuja and Kingston, Jamaica within the the shortest possible time, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri told Nigerian Tribune in Abuja.
According to her, the agreement will be finalised at the forthcoming third session of the Nigeria-Jamaica Joint Commission.
She explained that in view of the almost zero trade and investment statistics existing between the two countries, it is believed that a direct flight from Nigeria to Jamaica will connect the Caribbean region to Africa and unbundle the existing opportunities at both sides.
When implemented, Onwuliri noted, traveling from Nigeria to Jamaica which currently takes about 17 hours irrespective of the route taken, will only take about eight hours if direct from Lagos/Abuja to Kingston.
She observed that apart from the high cost of trips through a third country, other challenges exist including longer flight time and and hours in transit, fatigue as a result of the long hours of traveling, challenges of obtaining transit visas through the United States, United Kingdom or other connecting countries and mishandling of luggage arising from transiting, among others.
“These challenges are barriers to investment flow between the two countries and must be removed if the situation is to change for the better. As a result, officials of the two countries initialed the text of the BASA Agreement in 2009,” Onwuliri said.
“Since then, the text had been awaiting the final ratification by the two sides which would give birth to the realization of a direct flight from Nigeria into Jamaica.”
Onwuliri remarked that Nigeria and Jamaica belong to several international organizations and have continued to pursue common interests in such organizations saying, Jamaica has continuously supported Nigeria’s several bids for elective posts in the organizations in which the two countries share membership.
“I note in particular that Nigeria’s success of re-election to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member was made possible by the collective support we garnered from other members of the international community including Jamaica,” she said.
The minister added: “Nigeria is indeed desirous of strengthening relations with Jamaica not only in political are but also in trade and economic cooperation in order to attract investors in various sectors of the economy such as power generation, construction, agriculture, textile and industry.”
Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island but economic relations between the country and Nigeria have largely remained dormant over the years despite the cordial and political relations and signing of a number of bilateral agreements including omnibus agreement on economic, air service, trade, social, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation.
Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, his business partner said Sunday. Harold H.F.
"Gerry" Lenfest confirmed Katz's death to The Associated Press, saying he was informed by their lawyer, Richard Sprague. The crash came just days after Katz and Lenfest gained full control of the Inquirer by buying out their co-owners for $88 million in a deal that ended an ugly monthslong feud among the partners.
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