The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning coach insists he is not bearing any grudge with the Malawian handler ahead of their game in September
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has revealed that he is not at loggerheads with Malawi boss Tom Saintfiet, instead he is concentrating on next month’s make or break World Cup qualifier to be played in Calabar.
The duo has been in the news since the Football Association of Malawi wrote to Fifa seeking a new venue for their September 7 cracker billed for the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar, and was subsequently greeted by Saintfiet’s claim accusing him of a racially motivated comment.
Keshi insisted he was defending Nigeria from false claims and that he has no personal issue with his Flames counterpart.
"I was just standing up for my country when someone tries to make insinuations that it is not a safe place," Keshi told SuperSport.
"I have nothing against Saintfiet, he was in Nigeria recently and we shook hands and had a few things we discussed.
"I just was very unhappy that a man who last year was prepared to work for and in Nigeria with a four year contract can all of a sudden start to describe the place as 'unsafe' so am not having that,” he concluded.
The animosity between both men has set up a tantalising encounter in Calabar with both countries keen to make it into the African play offs for the World Cup.