Former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike has said late Stephen Keshi rejected an honorarium he offered him when he signed an endorsement deal just after Nigeria qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the SportsBay.com reports.
Emenike who was the highest goal scorer at the 2013 African Nations Cup added that he has never paid any coach or coaches while playing for the national team.
”For me, I have never paid anyone in the national team and even when I did endorsement with Guinness, I tried to give him out of the money which he rejected saying he don’t need anything from me,” Emenike explained according to owngoalnigeria.
“I won’t say anything about Keshi but I don’t know where all these things are coming from but remember also, they bring players to Keshi and force them on him. Our football needs to change, a lot of things are going on,” he said.
However, the allegations came as a surprise for Emmanuel Emenike who claimed that some people even forced players on Stephen Keshi in the national team.
”I don’t know where all these things are coming from, but remember that they brought players on Keshi and forced them on him,” he explained.
Emenike played 37 games for the Super Eagles of Nigeria scoring 9 goals and six assists between 2011 and 2015.
The 32-year-old energetic striker announced his retirement from international duty on October 2015 to focus on his club career.
The former Nigeria international is currently without a club after he was released by Belgian side Westerlo in November 2019.
The forward had previously featured for Cape Town, Karabukspor, Fenerbahce, Spartak Moscow and Olympiacos.