Keshi to reconsider sacked assistant Valere

The national team coach is looking at having the Togolese trainer return to his team and is set to pay him from his own pocket after the NFF claimed it was short of funds

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi is planning to recall his Togolese assistant Valere Houandinou.

Keshi, who returned to the country on Sunday, came back to face his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation who broke the news of the sacking of some of his back room staff to him as a result of lack of funds.

Affected officials included two assistant coaches Sylvanus  Okpala and Togolese Hoandinou. The others are the team psychologist and media officer.

When Keshi returned he wasn't happy but there was nothing he could do since the Nigeria Football Federation stood their ground not to include the affected team officials. The option now is for Keshi to accept the NFF decision or think of other options.

Keshi actually needs the services of a trainer and he is considering bringing back his trusted trainer Valere in a special arrangement which means he would be personally paying for the salaries and bonuses of the Togolese.

The NFF had to be rescued by sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi when the minister assured the Football House that he would source for funds for the home based Super Eagles to participate in the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) when the NFF were considering pulling out of the qualifying stages of the competition for lack of funds.