NIGERIAN Football Federation (NFF) officials have offered Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi a new four year contract said to be worth N7m (£25,500) a month that will keep him in the job up until the 2018 World Cup.
Keshi’s last contract lapsed at the end of the World Cup and with no new offer on the table, he announced that he was leaving his position. However, given the coach’s record of winning the African Cup of Nations and reaching the last 16 of the World Cup, the NFF decided to retain Keshi.
On July 24, the NFF’s board met and asked its technical committee to commence negotiations with Keshi in a bid to keep him in the job up until the 2018 World Cup. Having spent the last week talking to the coach, the NFF has now offered Keshi a new package that is an improvement on his previous one worth N5m a month.
It is believed that Keshi had demanded twice the amount of his old contract but the NFF settled on N7m. Keshi had been widely tipped to take the South African coaching position but the South African Football Association (Safa) opted to re-appoint former Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba.
One NFF official said: “We have had meetings with Keshi and the good news is that he is willing to continue as coach of the Super Eagles. He is only concerned that most of the fringe benefits in his contract were not provided and demands better treatment from the Federation.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will begin the defence of the African Cup of Nations title which they won in South Africa last year in early September. Keshi will take charge of the team as enters into a qualification group that includes South Africa, Sudan and either Congo or Rwanda.