Nigeria was the first African team to qualify for Brazil 2014, all thanks to the expertise of Stephen Keshi, but unless he stops running his mouth and washing his dirty linens in public he might again miss out in the world’s greatest soccer jamboree.
Although the former Nigeria international made history by winning the African Nations Cup for his native country as a local coach that does not in any way put him above the people that offered him the job and bestowed on him the confidence to deliver.
In a world where jobs, especially prestigious or well-paid jobs are rare to find or keep if one is lucky to get one, the boss remains the patron – master, and should be revered at all time as the employer.
Of course, the employers may not always get it right in all instances, so are the employees, but to keep food on the table as well as to sustain the existence of the business or organisation, there is always the need to sort out any misunderstanding amicably before it gets out of hand.
Taking a problem unsolved or discussed to the public or the media is neither doing any good to the employee’s welfare and wallet nor to the employer’s reputation and business prospects.
Keshi might have the talent and the key to success to African teams at higher tournaments, but with no real knowledge on how to deal with his employers or discuss a deal and respect it terms, he shall always be the loser.
Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has the cash and authority to hire the world ‘s best manager for the Super Eagles, but if the management opted for a local coach, results and mutual respect must be paramount at all times.
Forewarned is forearmed
For Keshi now trying to play smart simply because he has conduced and qualified Nigeria just as he did for Togo for the World Cup is apparently abusing the terms of his own contract.
Any employer wants results from the employees and when the results are there it is not a bonus or a must for the boss to lengthen or renew the contract but a simple goodwill gesture.
Results with no attitude or mutual respect for the employer or boss is tantamount to placing the job or post on an edge, which is not good to any employee that wants to grow or go places.
Winning the African Nations Cup and qualifying for the FIFA World Cup are two different competitions, with completely different levels as comparable to participating at the World Cup tournament.
Thus, if the Nigeria football federation in any case believes that they require a foreign support to go far in the tournament, Keshi should gladly cooperate with the federation’s hierarchy and not to interpret it as lack of skills or trust.
If Keshi wants a better pay or job security, he must negotiate with the NFF and not with a third party or try to put the NFF under pressure with the pretext that he is one of the best African managers or doesn’t bother about being sacked.
Cameroon’s former head coach, Jean Paul Akono would surely have a better story to tell Keshi that the terms of a coaching contract are not settled through the media. And that if he continues to do that he risks losing the job and even his health.
If people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, then Keshi must watch his hands clean so as to share a meal with the elders and not to try to challenge them instead.