Stephen Keshi, Super Eagles Head Coach at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, said on Tuesday that he was not served with a draft copy of the Super Eagles contract to enable him continue as Coach.
Keshi’s comment came on the heels of a statement credited to the NFA Chairman, Amaju Pinnick, that Keshi would be shown the drafted copy of the contract between Monday and Tuesday.
Amaju, had had disclosed to newsmen in Abuja on Monday that Keshi would peruse the document within the stated days to enable him sign a new Super Eagles contract on Wednesday.
Keshi, however, newsmen that nobody from the football secretariat had spoken to him about the contract.
“I have not seen draft of any Eagles contract; there is nothing like that and nobody has told me anything about it all these years that they have been saying they have renewed my contract.
“Its not true all this while they say they have been talking to Keshi.
“Anybody that sees me usually tell me “Big Boss you have to go and sign your contract’’, but I ask them, sign what?
“I tell them that there is no contract yet; contract is a two-way thing; I should be invited to say yes or no to some things, so that there can be a review if possible,’’ Keshi said.
The “Big Boss’’ as Keshi is popularly called, noted that the Super Eagles Technical crew were still owed two months’ salary and allowances contrary to the position of the NFA chairman that they have been paid.
“They still owe my assistants and I; the NFA still owes us salary areas for two months.
“The football house has also not paid us our winning bonus away to Sudan during the AFCON 2015 qualifier.
“My assistants and I are still alive and, Amaju Pinnick is telling people that he has paid us all our money; he knows he owes us money,’’ he added.
Pinnick was quoted as saying on Monday that Keshi and his assistants have been paid the arrears of their salary including match allowances.
Musa Amadu, Secretary-General of the NFA, also said saying that Keshi’s contract would be finalised before the team’s double-header international friendlies with Bolivia and Ghana, in March.
The match against Bolivia is scheduled to take place on March 26 at the Akwa Ibom international stadium, Uyo, while the encounter with Ghana’s Black Stars is billed for London on March 29.
The Super Eagles are expected to begin their qualifying matches for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in June, while qualifiers for 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in October.
Keshi has been out of job since the expiration of his contract with the NFA after the 2014 World Cup.