The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical and Development Committee has recommended less than the N5 million that the out of contract Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, earned in his first stint with the team.
Keshi’s contract expired after Super Eagles crashed out of the 2014 World Cup last July in Brazil. Renewing the contract has been enmeshed in controversy and when the technical committee deliberated on the issue, it recommended its renewal to the board of the NFF, but less than the N5 million he earned.
Though everybody within the football house is keeping mute on the amount recommended, sources revealed that Keshi will be offered less than what he earned before the expiration of his contract last July.
Aside the issue of wages, the coach, we learnt has been given some stringent conditions aimed at frustrating him from taking the job.
“There is serious financial meltdown and we can only offer him what is realistic in line with the realities of the time,” the source said on Wednesday.
“The terms of contract are well spelt out and we cannot reveal them until both parties have agreed to it,” the source added.
It would be recalled that the Burkinabe football association (FBF) announced a three-candidate shortlist for the replacement of Paul Put at the head of the Stallions on Tuesday.
“The names of French-German Gernot Rohr, Serbian Milovan Rajevac and Nigerian Stephen Keshi were selected by the Commission,” FBF officially announced.
“The final choice for the national head coach will be made within a maximum of 3 weeks after the three candidates have been interviewed,” the national association added.
A former coach of Gabon and Niger, Rohr led the Panthers to the quarter finals of the 2012 AFCON on home soil before failing to get the Mena through to the knock-out stage of the 2013 edition.
Milovan Rajevac earned African fame at the head of Ghana, qualifying the Black Stars to the final of the 2010 AFCON before sealing a quarter-finals spot at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa a few months later.
While Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to continental glory at the 2013 AFCON, before reaching the knock-out stage of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 with the Super Eagles.
Burkina Faso head coach Paul Put, who guided the Stallions all the way to the final of the continental showpiece in 2013, was fired in the aftermaths of their disappointing first round exit in Equatorial Guinea a few weeks ago.