Super Eagles supremo, Stephen Keshi was in no friendly mood yesterday when he declared that he did not apply for the Cote d’Ivoire national team job.
“I did not apply for the Ivorian job. And in any case, movement is allowed in football. Last season, Allen Pardew, while still on contract with Newcastle United left for Crystal Palace and only recently, Rafa Benitez jumped ship at Napoli in Italy and signed up with Real Madrid. Heaven did not fall,’’ said Keshi in a telephone with Nigerian Pilot Sports yesterday.
The Disciplinary Committee of the NFF headed by Barrister Chris Green is today expected to look into the allegation that Keshi has breached the contract he signed with the nation’s soccer body in April by applying for another job while the deal is still running.
“The NFF will open a full investigation to determine whether Mr Stephen Keshi actually applied for the vacant Ivory Coast job,” said NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire last weekend.
“There will be no hasty decision. We hope to get a full part from the Ivory Coast football federation before making an official statement.”
But Keshi who said it appears the NFF is on a mission to push him aside told our man emphatically he is not afraid of sack.
“If they don’t want me on the job again, they should give it to someone else rather than embark on a smear campaign against me. It’s not a do-or-die affair,’’ thundered Keshi on the phone yesterday.
Keshi returned as Nigeria coach for the third time in April by signing a two-year contract with the NFF.
In his first spell he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but the deal was not renewed after the 2014 World Cup.
He later returned on a match-by-match deal, which ended in November 2014 after failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup.


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