Immediate past head coach of the Nigeria national soccer team, Stephen Keshi, is reportedly demanding the sum of N1 billion (one billion naira) from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as compensation for his “wrongful dismissal and defamation of character”.
Keshi, a former Nigeria captain, was relieved of his job as Super Eagles coach by the NFF on July 4, 2015 after he was found guilty of applying for the coaching job of the Cote d’Ivoire national team and also inviting a nonleague player to the Super Eagles. Keshi has since been replaced by a former Nigeria teammate Sunday Oliseh.
“Keshi’s lawyers have demanded for a billion Naira from the NFF as compensation for defaming their client,” a top source told AfricanFootball. com. The NFF, it was learnt, had on Friday received a letter to that effect from a Kaduna-based law firm.
Efforts to speak with the NFF on the development proved abortive as poor telephone network did not allow our correspondent to speak the NFF President Amaju Pinnick, while he had yet to reply a text message sent to his mobile line as at the time of filing this report.
Also, there was no response from the other end to repeated calls made to the telephone line of the federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire. The NFF disciplinary committee, which investigated Keshi on the cote d’Ivoire job application, described its conduct as “unethical and unprofessional”.