Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi Vents Anger Over Unpaid Salaries of 7 Months!

Date: 25-10-2013 9:06 am (7 years ago) | Author: Olusola Agbaje
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Head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi has finally opened up on his anger at the Nigerian Football Federation for owing him his salaries for seven months.

Keshi, who is preparing his side for November’s World Cup play-off second leg against Ethiopia, has not been paid since he led the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February.

“The lowest point of my career is working and not being paid for seven months,” he told BBC Sport. “I have never had this kind of experience before.”  The former Togo and Mali coach first revealed to BBC Sport in June that he was owed wages.

And it is not the first time Nigerian coaches have been not been paid; Christian Chukwu, Shaibu Amodu, Samson Siasia, Austin Eguavoen, John Obuh and Eucharia Uche have all previously complained about outstanding salaries in the recent past.

Keshi feels the situation is disrespectful and unacceptable. “In Mali, they will never owe you; your salary will hit your account before the end of every month. It was the same thing in Togo,” he said.

“Owing me up to eight months makes me feel I am not being appreciated, it is like they think I am being favoured in what I am doing.  “I am not being favoured. I am giving everything I have to the job – I need to be respected and given my pay.”

Keshi’s comments come after a statement credited to the Nigeria Football Federation said that the allowances and bonuses the team’s coaches earn are enough to sustain them.

“I don’t like discussing money issues and if there is any NFF member who said we can work for free, then I will want to speak with him face to face,” Keshi said.  “If they say we can work for free and that they are not going to pay, so be it.

“I can’t have my family abroad and I will be in debt because I have not been paid for seven months and somebody is saying we should not complain.”  The NFF, which is in in serious financial difficulty, also owes money to assistant coach Daniel Amokachi and goalkeeper trainer Ike Shorunmu.

The football authority, which receives its funding from the sports ministry, has acknowledged the debts owed to the coaches but says they will have to be patient.  One NFF official, who did want to be named, told BBC Sport: “It’s embarrassing to be dealing with something like this ahead of a crucial game. Sadly, our terrible financial situation is solely responsible for this. We are hopeful this will be resolved before the game against Ethiopia.”

Nigeria will face Ethiopia in Calabar on 16 November and are favourites to progress to next year’s tournament in Brazil, having won the first leg 2-1 .

Posted: at 25-10-2013 09:06 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- ThoRam at 25-10-2013 09:18 AM (7 years ago)
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 Undecided Undecided Undecided  

Posted: at 25-10-2013 09:18 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- merion at 25-10-2013 09:23 AM (7 years ago)
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hmmmm
Posted: at 25-10-2013 09:23 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Shegzan at 25-10-2013 09:24 AM (7 years ago)
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Hmmn, funny pple!!

Posted: at 25-10-2013 09:24 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Wysetots at 25-10-2013 09:59 AM (7 years ago)
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Nigeria !!!

You work.....you don't get paid.
You pay....you don't get power supply.
You Supply......you get owed. !!

Our Government is just.......SICK. Filled with a bunch of selfish...heartless children in old bodies.
Posted: at 25-10-2013 09:59 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- dareper at 25-10-2013 10:05 AM (7 years ago)
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Only in nigeria
Posted: at 25-10-2013 10:05 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Noble12 at 25-10-2013 10:06 AM (7 years ago)
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hmmmm
Posted: at 25-10-2013 10:06 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dickman2 at 25-10-2013 10:25 AM (7 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 25-10-2013 10:25 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- katdeluna2 at 25-10-2013 10:33 AM (7 years ago)
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7 months ! Those our legistlative thiefs nd other politicians cant even forfiet a day allowance yet they ar owing some1 tryn hard to make d country proud at all tym?
Posted: at 25-10-2013 10:33 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- DMG17 at 25-10-2013 11:33 AM (7 years ago)
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WEAK, SENSELESS, UNGRATEFUL, SELFISH, IGNORANT GOVERNMENT WITHOUT PROSPECTIVE. IF THEY CAN OWE LECTURES, ACADEMIA, DOCTORS AND NURSES, WHY CAN'T THEY OWE A COMMON FOOTBALL COACH? IMAGINE SOMEONE WHO BROUGHT VICTORY AND GLORY TO THEIR MOTHERLAND BY WINNING THE AFRICAN NATION'S CUP, STILL GOVERNMENT OWES HIM MONEY. IT'S A SHAME. THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT IS SERIOUSLY SICK.
Posted: at 25-10-2013 11:33 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bb_london at 25-10-2013 12:14 PM (7 years ago)
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This our useless called leader again, are they not going to pay this man, after all he worked for the country, i don't even know what this GOAT called MAIGARI doing over there, they should impeach him and look for capable some one, can all this imbecile MINISTER work without paying, you're all going to die painfully'''''''''''''''''mother phyuker
Posted: at 25-10-2013 12:14 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- osamabinladin at 25-10-2013 12:38 PM (7 years ago)
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 Sad
Posted: at 25-10-2013 12:38 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- IDOKOO at 25-10-2013 01:51 PM (7 years ago)
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GIANT of AFRICAN'T .it a pride to be called a NIGERIAN, but it a pity to leave in NIGERIA. BOKO HARAM'S, MILLITANT'S, MOSSOB, OPC, are not fighting the fight that they should have fought.but one, ALARM GO BLOW 4 NIGERIA JUST LIKE '' LIBYA ''
Posted: at 25-10-2013 01:51 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Ogbujieze at 25-10-2013 02:56 PM (7 years ago)
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A coach that have been working with all effort for 7 months no salary, but politician are eating all the money in the country. pay worker they salary     
Posted: at 25-10-2013 02:56 PM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- BlueIxora at 25-10-2013 03:27 PM (7 years ago)
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This is shameful
Posted: at 25-10-2013 03:27 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Jennybaby at 25-10-2013 05:38 PM (7 years ago)
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Dis is to tell u dat dis country is wicked, they don't value what they have. If is to be foreign coach nigeria would have paid him before d time.
Posted: at 25-10-2013 05:38 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Kechywillz at 25-10-2013 06:07 PM (7 years ago)
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abeg naija Federal govt pay this man that has brought joy to nigerian football his salary coz he make us happy,abeg

Posted: at 25-10-2013 06:07 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- paulohking at 25-10-2013 06:35 PM (7 years ago)
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Roll Eyes
Posted: at 25-10-2013 06:35 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Senegal at 25-10-2013 11:20 PM (7 years ago)
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Too too bad
Posted: at 25-10-2013 11:20 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- MayorKingz at 26-10-2013 01:32 AM (7 years ago)
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Dats totally unfair
Posted: at 26-10-2013 01:32 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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