It’s becoming increasingly clear that Stephen Keshi would be officially announced as coach of the Super Eagles after the Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, returns from Cairo, Egypt, venue of the CAF Congress.
Pinnick and Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, the general secretary, will be back this weekend and Goal has learnt from sources that the NFF boss will then make official the appointment of the former national team captain next week.
It was learnt that the leadership of the NFF also delayed the naming of the coach till after the draws for the 2017 Africa Cup Nations were done.
And now that Nigeria is in a relatively tough Group G with Egypt, Tanzania and Chad, there is need for a coach to be named in order to start preparations for the qualifiers that are expected to commence in June.
A very close source to the NFF boss told Goal recently in Abuja that “the issue of who coaches the Super Eagles has long been decided. It is Stephen Keshi and nobody else has been courted. The only thing delaying the official naming of the coach is to do a proper contract and to iron out areas that could cause future crisis between the NFF and Keshi.
“There have been hostilities between the former NFF Board President and Keshi in the past which the present Board is seriously guiding against a re-occurrence. That is why Keshi has to know the dos and don’ts on ground before finally sealing the deal. He needs to know his boundaries so that the two parties know what is expected from each other and thus avoid unnecessary friction in the line of duty.
“All things being equal, I expect the President of the NFF to name Stephen Keshi officially as the chief coach of the Super Eagles when he and his GS (Mohammed) return from Cairo,” the source said.