Confusion Trails N14 Million Payment to Keshi By NSC

THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Tuesday denied it has agreed a new contract with Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, who was reported to have received two months’ salary worth N14 million from the National Sports Commission (NSC).

Sources at the NSC disclosed that Keshi, who was on a monthly N5 million salary before the expiration of his contract in July, has been given a new deal valued at N7 million a month.

Tuesday, a source at the NFF, who pleaded anonymity, said it was preposterous to imagine that the Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo, would enter into a fresh deal with Keshi without the knowledge of the Federation, who in the first place employed the coach.

According to the source, “we have agreed to extend Keshi’s contract and we are looking at several issues before finalizing the deal. So, I don’t know where the story that he has a new improved contract is coming from.

“In any case, the Sports Minister is a gentleman, who knows the right path to things like this, so, I don’t believe he has given Keshi a new contract to work for the NFF. The said N14 million could be payment for other services to the country and not as reward for the job he would do for us.

 “To arrive at a new contract both parties must sit down to sort out some issues. You cannot tell me that the NFF will not be party to any discussion or agreement on the national team coach’s salary.”

A local website Tuesday reported that the sports minister has paid Keshi’s salary for the past two months.

It said that Keshi was paid N14 million (about $83,000) for October and November by Danagogo even though there is no contractual agreement between the coach and the NF

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