The intervention of President Jonathan in NFF’s troubles may see Stephen Keshi return as Super Eagles coach, according to a BBC report.
Keshi, who led the team to Nations Cup glory last time out and also steered them to the last 16 at this summer’s world Cup in Brazil, was sacked earlier this month because of the team’s recent struggles.
It is believed his return has been ordered so he can oversee the team’s final two Nations Cup qualifiers next month that will determine whether the Eagles make it to Morocco.
Keshi, who was in talks on Thursday with sports minister Tammy Danagogo, said he was unaware of any presidential intervention.
But the 52-year-old added: “If the president of my country asked me to return, who am I to refuse?”
Nigeria play Congo-Brazzaville in Pointe Noire on 15 November and South Africa in Uyo, southeast Nigeria, four days later.
They need to not only win both matches but beat Congo by a margin of two away goals to stand any chance of automatic qualification.