Dosu: NFF should offer Keshi two-year contract
Atlanta Olympics football gold medalist, Dosu Joseph, has advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to offer Stephen Keshi a two-year contract.
Keshi’s contract expired after the team crashed out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last July. Renewal of the contract has been subject of controversy with the NFF not willing to do so. The coach who was sacked by the board was re-instated by President Goodluck Jonathan.
As a result of the President’s intervention, the board has been prevaricating over the coach’s future.
Keshi’s case was worsened after failing to qualify the team for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations last month. But reports have it that he may be offered a year contract.
However, Dosu has kicked against the idea, saying Nigeria will have little or nothing to play for 2015 and that it will be appropriat if the football federation offers Keshi a two-year contract.
“I am not happy with the one year contract idea. By our calculation, the contract will end in December 31, 2015 when no competitions will be played. I will prefer a two-year contract that will see him qualify the team for the Nations Cup in 2017 and possibly the World Cup.”
He added that there were coaches who went to the World Cup and failed woefully but they were not sacked by their respective countries. And that Keshi’s case should not be seen as a big failure since he has done the nation proud by winning the 2013 Nations Cup.
“I think there is nothing wrong if the NFF should extend Keshi’s contract. Mind you, the likes of Russia’s Fabio Capello, England’s Roy Hodgson, Italy’s Cesare Prandelli and Del Bosque, who failed to qualify Spain past the group stage at the World Cup were not sacked.”