NFF appoints Anyasi, 2 others to negotiate with Keshi

The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) concluded its meeting yesterday after impeaching Aminu Maigari, expressing its willingness to renew the contract of the Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi.

Consequently, the meeting presided over by the Acting President, Mike Umeh, appointed a three-man committee to negotiate with the Coach.

The members of the committee are: Felix Anyasi, Christopher Green and Deji Tinubu. The committee has one week to report back to the Executive Committee.

The Acting President told reporters, “We have to discuss with him (Keshi), we want him back. We have set up a committee to look into that matter and we have given them one week to report back” Umeh said.

Meanwhile, the Executive Committee issued a communiqué at the end of the meeting, the first after the World Cup in Brazil.

The communiqué signed by Emeka Inyama, reads:

“An Emergency Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation will be convened in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Thursday, 31st July, 2014 to ratify the impeachment of Alhaji Aminu Maigari from the NFF Executive Committee.

Henceforth, all financial issues with players and officials must be thoroughly deliberated upon and agreed ahead of major matches and competitions, to avoid the kind of embarrassment brought upon the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, when players boycotted training sessions before the Round of 16 match with France.

The Executive Committee mandated the Technical Sub-Committee to open channels of communication with Mr. Stephen Keshi with a view to extending his contract, as the NFF is still interested in working with him. The Technical Sub-Committee is to report back to the Executive Committee within ONE WEEK. 4)

The Committee expressed satisfaction with all arrangements so far made for the different National Teams, namely Falconets, Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets ahead of important international matches and qualifying games, and also directed the Technical Sub-Committee to meet in a few days to harmonize all arrangements in this regard.

Committee mandated the NFF Management to proceed with discussions with a number of African countries with a view to the Super Eagles playing a friendly match on the FIFA window of Wednesday, 13th August, 2014, as part of preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches.

Executive Committee approved arrangements being made to host the grand finale of the 2014 Men and Women Federation Cup competitions in Lagos on Saturday, 16th August, up competitions in Lagos on Saturday, 16th August, 2014. 7) The Committee reaffirmed that the 2014 Elective Congress/General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation will still hold as scheduled on Tuesday, 26th August, 2014″.

In attendance were: Mike Umeh (Acting President); Emeka Inyama (Member); Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedinma (Member): Effiong Johnson (Member); Christopher Green (Member); Shehu Adamu (Member); Muazu Suleyman (Member); Ayodeji Tinubu (Member); Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ (Member); Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Member); Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (Member) and Musa Amadu, Secretary.


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