The Nigerian Football Federation, Monday issued a statement in which it explained its role in the resignation of its former chief coach Sunday Oliseh.
In the Statement signed by its director of Communications Ademola Olajire,The football body said it was necessary to respond to the falsehood that has been making the rounds in sections of the media following the resignation of Coach Sunday Oliseh..
According to the statement, “the appointment of Mr. Sunday Oliseh as Head Coach of the Super Eagles was thoroughly thought-through; it went through a meeting between himself and the Technical Committee and was ultimately approved by the entire Executive Committee of the NFF.”
“The NFF had the best of intentions in hiring Mr. Sunday Oliseh, and despite the misgivings about his temperament he was seen as a bright young Coach able to take the Super Eagles to new heights. This view was premised on his resume, his undoubted football knowledge and his currency of ideas (being a respected former Super Eagles Captain and a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group).
The body accused Oliseh of being disrespectful to the Federation alleging that he coach on several occasions violated the terms of his contract. the NFF accused the coach of failing to stay in nigeria for 2 weeks before any match and that the coach wanted the federation to sack all backroom staff of the Eagles while accusing them of witch craft and sabotage.
“Even though by the terms of his contract he was obliged to return to Nigeria at least 2 weeks to any Super Eagles match and is obliged to watch our domestic league matches from time to time, one can count how many local league matches he has watched and one can point out that he did not return to Nigeria before he went to the CHAN championship on the grounds that he was ill. Yet, he went to South Africa and Rwanda but did not return with the team to Nigeria”
On his allegation of not receiving enough support from the leadership of the NFF, the body responded that ” it is pertinent to note that Mr. Oliseh himself had on numerous occasions expressed gratitude for the support he had received from the NFF and in particular from the NFF President and Vice Presidents. ”
“The NFF makes bold to say that he has been supported throughout his short tenure as the Super Eagles coach. Not only have his requests and choice of training camps been accepted, his choice of players have never been interfered with, his choice of venues have all but once been accepted and even where not accepted, an explanation was promptly given which was duly appreciated and accepted by the coach.”
The body also accused the coach of not being sincere on his position that the NFF failed in the payment of his salaries and that of his personal aides.
“The NFF gives the foregoing assurances despite the circumstance which has arisen with the untimely resignation of Coach Sunday Oliseh and despite the fact that the decision was taken unilaterally without discussion with NFF or any of its officials or board members, without giving the requisite 1 (one) months notice as stipulated in his contract immediately after he was paid his arrears of salary and housing allowance after his request to travel across Europe to visit potential call ups for the matches against Egypt was approved by the President of the NFF and; despite the fact that we have crucial qualifying matches to play next month”
The NFF in the statement also apologised to Nigerians for its precarious financial situation in which it absolve itself of any blame while assuring Nigerian football fans of its commitment to ensuring that the country qualify fo the AFCON and achieve its long term goals.
- Olawale Makanjuola