Keshi set for improved Nigeria deal
Nigeria’s manager Stephen Keshi is pictured before the international friendly football match between Nigeria and Scotland at Craven Cottage in London
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed on Wednesday they were finalising a new deal for national coach Stephen Keshi.
Following an executive committee meeting in Abuja the NFF said in a statement they had approved that acting president Mike Umeh call an emergency meeting to ensure Keshi’s re-engagement “within the shortest possible time.”
It is believed that Keshi will receive an improved contract of 7 million Naira (over $44,000) a month, up from his current five million Naira.
Keshi took over in 2011 and his first contract ended after the World Cup. The 52-year-old led Nigeria to the round of 16 in Brazil after guiding the Super Eagles to a third Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa last year.
Keshi’s immediate assignment would be the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which begin in September.
Defending champions Nigeria are in a qualifying group with South Africa, Sudan and either Congo or Rwanda, with the top two advancing to January’s Nations Cup in Morocco.
Meanwhile, the NFF said that an extraordinary congress will no longer take place on Thursday as planned because of “unforeseen circumstances” and promised a new date.
During the executive committee meeting, Musa Amadu was confirmed as NFF general-secretary, while changes were made to the electoral and appeal committees.