Stephen Keshi has seemingly walked away from talks to return to coaching Nigeria’s Super Eagles National Football team.
Keshi Friday told BBC Sport that he can no longer afford to wait. “Talks over a new contract shouldn’t drag on,” Keshi told BBC Sport. “I can’t wait any more – the NFF is not serious.”
The former coach, said several other African countries approached him with coaching opportunities. “I’ve had about seven countries approach me in the last two months but I kept them all away,” he said.
The coach who led the team to the round of 16 at this year’s FIFA World Cup, continued. “I understand the ongoing crisis facing the federation but the national team should not suffer from such at this crucial stage,” he said. “Sadly, I also think attention is focused more on the upcoming NFF elections and the national team is simply not a priority.”
“I love my country and I am aware of the dream our fans had of me taking this team to the next level,” Keshi states.
“I have moved on. I can only wish the country well for the future,” he concluded.
The NFF is currently embroiled in leadership tussle following the sacking of Aminu Maigari as the president of the football body, then recalling of Maigari.
The Super Eagles are currently without a coach as the NFF has yet to renew Stephen Keshi’s contract as Nigeria coach. The former Nigeria captain is reportedly demanding N15m per month but the NFF has yet to conclude negotiation with him.