Coach Stephen Keshi’s decision to allow wives of the Super Eagles players to the World Cup has not gone done with officials of the Nigeria Football Federation, according to reports.
The NFF chiefs were reportedly miffed at the explanation of the ‘Big Boss’ at a media parley organised by Tom Tom, an official partner of the NFF last week in Lagos where Keshi told the gathering that the idea was welcome because it would be a psychological boost for the players.
“There was a meeting which Keshi was part of where it was stated that having the wives with the players will be a distraction, hence it should not be approved,” a top official of the NFF said.
“That particular meeting was when the issue of a foreign fitness trainer was mooted, which Keshi rejected. Mind you, we did not impose the foreigner, we actually asked for his opinion. So, we cannot understand why Keshi would go ahead to say that,” he said.
But other sources have been quoted as saying that the issue would be brought up when both parties meet this week.
Another reason why the federation may be angry with Keshi is that he is understood to be aware of the Glass House’s financial situation. It is also not clear if the N2 billion approved for the team’s World Cup campaign covers the players’ partners.
The 1994 Super Eagles, which was incidentally captained by Keshi were allowed to travel to the World Cup in the U.S.A. with their wives at the expense of the government. “I believe it is an issue that will be thrashed out. Let us just wait for the outcome of the meeting,” said the source.
Keshi has been in Abuja all of last week to discuss Brazil 2014 preparations, but has not been able to meet with key officials of the NFF Technical Committee who are away on official duties. They are expected back over the weekend