No interference in Keshi’s work – NFF

No interference in Keshi’s work – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday said it had in no way been interfering in the work of Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.
Reacting to allegations of interference by some NFF officials in the coach’s work, the federation’s boss, Aminu Maigari, told journalists in Abuja that it was rather in support of Keshi.
Hed said there was no way the NFF could tamper with team lists prepared by Keshi and his crew, especially as the Super Eagles prepare for crucial matches.
“The only thing NFF as a Federation can do at this period is to give Keshi and the entire team all the necessary support. That is what we are doing.
“I have not called for any inquisition into what he is doing or how he picked players for the upcoming matches, and I can assure you that nobody is doing anything like that.
“Of course, there is corporate desire and ambition for the Super Eagles to do well in the matches against Namibia, Malawi and Rwanda. But we are not coaches and there is a limit to the moves that we can make.
“There is someone we have signed a contract with to deliver the 2014 World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations tickets, and we have a responsibility to allow him to do the job the way he knows best and simply give him all the support that is necessary,” he said.
Keshi, who captained the Eagles for 11 years, leading Nigeria to a first World Cup finals in 1994, signed a four-year agreement with the NFF in November 2011, with the mandate to qualify the country for the 2013 African Cup of Nations and Brazil 2014.
Under Keshi, the Eagles have played a total of seven matches, winning two, drawing three and losing two, including last week’s friendly away to Peru in Lima.
On Sunday, at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Nigeria host Brave Warriors of Namibia in a 2014 World Cup qualification campaign with the team flying out to Malawi on Thursday for a Day Two match against the Flames in Blantyre on June 9.
They will return home to play Rwanda in a 2013 Nations Cup qualifier also in Calabar on June 17.
Meanwhile, Raheem Lawal is to sit out Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Namibia as he will only join the Super Eagles Thursday.
The Atletico Belares of Spain midfielder is the only player yet to arrive the Eagles training camp in Calabar and he is now expected to team up with the rest of the squad Thursday, mtnfootball reports.
Lawal’s delayed arrival in camp has been attributed to visa regularisation issues.
“Lawal has called the team to explain that he has been able to resolve the visa problems and he is expected to join the team tomorrow (Thursday),” a team official informed MTNFootball.com
“However his chances of making the Namibia game is slim because he has missed five training sessions but I guess he would be available for selection in the game against Malawi.”
The Olympic international made his Eagles debut last week against Peru in Lima.
The Eagles will relocate to the UJ Esuene Stadium on Thursday to begin conditioning training ahead of Sunday clash, which kicks off by 4pm local time.