Months ago, it was reported that some powerful friends of Stephen Keshi were working against the permanent sack of the 52 year-old.
Stephen Keshi’s ‘powerful friend’ revealed
Keshi's 'powerful friend' paid the coach the sum of N14m for the months of October and November
Just on Monday, an executive member of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF said that they could not do away with the coach because Keshi he is too connected to some top officials and were offering him a new contract.
Well, a report on AfricanFootball may have answered who one of those powerful friends may be.
The report states that Sports minister, Dr Tammy Danagogo may be one of those behind Keshi’s hot-headedness and high-hand approach towards his employers after it appeared that the minister went behind the NFF to pay the coach’s fees for the months of October and November that he had been off any official contract with the governing body.
He was asked to take the team through the AFCON 2015 qualifiers, despite the no-contract state with the NFF
“The minister has been paying Keshi directly from the NFF subvention without any input from the NFF.
“This cannot be good for the relationship between employer and employee,” an undisclosed official was quoted by African Football
News filtered the media on Monday that Keshi and the NFF have agreed on a 7 million naira monthly contract but were yet to sign it – bearing in mind that is the same amount the minister supposedly paid him.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick however denies claim that they have reached any deal, even though he stated categorically on live TV that Keshi remained Super Eagles coach and was going to be offered a contract soon.