Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, is smiling to the bank even as Nigerians, companies and members of the Nigeria Football Federation weep bitterly for missing the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, has paid Keshi N14m for the past two months, according to a report by Africanfootball.com.
It was learnt that the transaction was carried out without the knowledge of the board of the Nigeria Football Federation – a move experts say further undermines the authority of the NFF over the coach. It was understood that Keshi was paid for October and November even though there is no contractual agreement between the coach and the NFF.The Special Media Assistant to the sports minister, Patrick Omorodion, who confirmed the payment, however it was said that the money was not meant for Keshi alone.
“The money was not paid to only Keshi but it meant for the entire coaching crew. What was done by the ministry was just to fulfil an agreement earlier reached with the coaches. At the peak of the NFF crisis and with urgent matches to play, the minister stepped in and invited Keshi to handle those games after which it would be purely left for the NFF to retain him or ask another coach to take over.” SEE MORE ON PAGE 2