Stephen Keshi to be offered New Contract from Nigerian Football

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi will be offered a new contract according to the Nigerian football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick. The contract of Keshi came to an end after the World Cup 2014.

Nigeria were seen as relatively successful after reaching the round of 16 where they were eliminated by France after a 2-0 defeat. They were one of the better African teams in Brazil, but Nigeria followed this with a disappointing Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign that saw them fail to even make it to the tournament proper. After having won this tournament back in 2013, Nigeria are expected to bounce back quickly.

However, there have been suggestions that NFF may decide to part company with Keshi in order to give the team a fresh start. Those rumours have been denied byPinnick, who expects a new contract on the table for Keshi in the next few weeks. Equatorial Guinea are one of the teams looking to take advantage of this uncertainty surrounding Nigeria’s manager. Keshi has reportedly held talks with Equatorial Guinea in order to take over the national team.Pinnick, though, has promised better infrastructure and technical facilities for the manager in the coming years. Nigeria appeared to come a long way with a young team, but they need to build from scratch again.

"You will agree with me that Keshi has won everything; he just needs to be enhanced in terms of building his capacity and that is exactly what we intend to do.It’s like when you are building a house and you feel that the house needs to be enhanced so you put other structures for enhancement and that’s what we are going to do. But in the contract we are going to have certain clauses working with the technical study group, working with the technical committee, working with the technical department,” said Pinnick.