•Sen. Lokpobiri kicks against renewal
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical and Development Committee Chairman, Felix Anyansi Agwu, has confirmed that the NFF will meet with the representative of the out of contract Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The meeting will centre on the new contract offered Keshi and his reactions to some of the conditions there in.
Anyansi said the meeting was at the instance of Keshi and that the NFF obliged him so as to put an end to the raging war of words between both parties.
“There is a meeting between the NFF and Keshi on Wednesday in Abuja,” Anyansi told Goal.
“Recently the NFF wrote Keshi and expressed their displeasure at the turn of event regarding the contract stipulations sent to him. The letter was also meant for him to give us a feedback.
“Keshi replied us through his lawyer and requested for a meeting which is coming up on Wednesday in Abuja.
“We are going to have a discussion with his lawyer for us to look at the grey areas. It is the way it should be and not what he did that he went to the pages of the newspapers to start unnecessary tantrum.
“The conditions enshrined in the contract shouldn’t have been revealed in the media because it wasn’t meant for them,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, a member of the Senate Committee on Sports, Heineken Lokpobiri, has accused the NFF of ‘celebrating failure’ over its decision to hand Keshi a new contract.
Lokpobiri, a two-term senator, who represents Bayelsa West, said that the NFF was playing politics with the job of the coach when the man failed to lead the Super Eagles to the last Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
While the NFF has acted like its hands are tied over the decision to re-hire Keshi, it also did not show it was interested in making the job available beyond a single candidate.
“I was the former chairman of the Sports Committee between 2007 and 2011 and I know the politics and intrigues which have been playing out in the country’s football house,” Lokpobiri said.
“Are we trying to celebrate failure? he asked.
“I’m aware that Siasia was sacked after he failed to qualify the country for the 2013 Nations Cup.
“Keshi was given all the support even more than Siasia, yet he failed to qualify the country for the Nations Cup.
“So I don’t see any reason why NFF should be talking about giving Keshi another contract,” he reasoned.