Abuja - Stephen Keshi is set to sign a new contract as Nigeria coach next
week, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee
The 52-year-old's initial contract expired with the
World Cup in Brazil, but he expressed his willingness to continue after
leading the Super Eagles to last year's Africa Cup of Nations title and a
place in the round of 16 in Brazil.
"The executive committee has
mandated the secretariat to reach out to Keshi and conclude the details
of his contract," NFF spokesperson Emeka Iyama said.
that the signing would be next week so that he can resume work ahead of
the fast-approaching 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series," he
Keshi's immediate task will be a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 7 between Nigeria and Rwanda.
South Africa and Sudan are also in the group with the top two qualifying for the finals in Morocco in January.
world governing body FIFA on Thursday demanded for a full explanation
regarding the purported dismissal of Aminu Maigari as president of the
NFF by the executive committee last July 24.
But in a letter dated
August 4, addressed to NFF general secretary Musa Amadu and signed by
deputy secretary general Markus Kattner, FIFA demanded a more detailed
explanation leading to Maigari's sacking.
They asked for the
agenda of the executive committee meeting that sacked Maigari, the
conditions for the amendment of the agenda and whether the president was
given the chance to defend himself.
FIFA also stated that the
dismissal of any executive committee member was the prerogative of the
NFF general assembly and not the executive committee.
football ruling body expressed surprise that despite the lifting of the
suspension of Nigeria last July 18, the situation in the west African
nation has become "so inextricable".
FIFA's suspension came after a Nigerian court sacked the NFF leadership and appointed a sole administrator for the federation.
Elections to the executive committee are due to be conducted on August 26.
on the heels of the letter from FIFA, the NFF executive committee on
Thursday suspended two of their members, Chris Green and Yusuf Ahmed,
for what they described as "anti-board activities".