*NFF demands proof of Big Boss applying to coach Elephants from Ivorian FA
Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency report
Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, may be sacked by his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) if it is discovered that the Big Boss truly applied to coach the Africa Cup of Nations reigning champions.
Yesterday, Vice Chairman of NFF’s Disciplinary Committee, Iyke Igbokwe, told africanfootball.com that his committee will recommend to the federation to dismiss the 2013 AFCON winning coach if it were proven he applied to handle Cote d’Ivoire.
“If it were proven that he indeed applied to coach Cote d’Ivoire when he is still coaching the Super Eagles, then that is a breach of trust.
“We will then recommend (to the executive committee) that he be relieved of his job so that he could go and coach Cote d’Ivoire.”
Keshi, who appeared before a disciplinary hearing in Abuja last Tuesday, has denied ever applying for the Cote d’Ivoire post, but the NFF has since launched a probe that may take Nigeria to Abidjan to uncover the truth of the matter.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick has already said Keshi would be “suicidal” to apply for another post when the football federation is up to date with the payment of his salaries.
Keshi has a two-year contract after he first three-year stint in charge of the Super Eagles during which time he guided the team to the knockout rounds of the 2014 World Cup and a third Africa Cup of Nations the previous year.
Keshi was last week among a 60-man shortlist released by the Ivorian football federation which has irked the NFF.
However, another official revealed that if the NFF’s findings showed that Keshi did not apply for the job, then it (the Nigerian FA) would consider reporting its Ivorian counterpart to both CAF and FIFA for attempting to poach its employee.
“The truth is that if we find out that Keshi didn’t actually apply for the job we might have to take immediate action – including taking them to CAF and possibly FIFA,” said the official.
Keshi is currently into the second month of a two-year contract he signed with the Nigerian federation.
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