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Oliseh Blasts NFF, Insists He’s Not Been Paid; Backs Eagles Vs Egypt

Oliseh Blasts NFF, Insists He’s Not Been Paid; Backs Eagles Vs Egypt

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has reiterated the reasons why he decided to call it quits with the senior national team.



Oliseh resigned last week after eight weeks in charge, citing cotractual breaches and a lack of support from the NFF.


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Despite the NFF's claims that Oliseh's backlog of entitlements has been paid, he insists that he has not received payment.


Oliseh also rates his time in charge as a success, despite the home-based Eagles failing to progress beyond the first round of the African Nations Championship in Rwanda. He has also left the Super Eagles trailing Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group.


He, however, believes that he left a team anf system good enough to overcome the Pharaohs in the back-to-back qualifiers later in March.


In an article on his blog, sundayoliseh.tv, Oliseh stated that despite his resignation, the current Eagles team are capable of beating Egypt both home and away.


The full article is reproduced below, unedited:


"In any Team sport,it is the dream of most athletes to not only play,Captain but also Coach their national teams.That feat I thank God to have blessed me with but last week, I had no other choice but to resign as Chief Coach of the Super eagles.


"In eight months in Charge we have been blessed with spectacular results,14 games,1 official defeat and 1 from a friendly Game. Scoring 19 goals and conceding just 6. Climbing up 3 spots on the FIFA Ranking and all this achieved with a completely new and relatively young team.


"So young, we were voted the world’s youngest team of 2015!


"Why I Quit on the 25th Of February 2016.


"I wrote an official demand letter to the Nigeria football federation through the General Secretary requesting payment of salaries and bonuses that were already long due and pending. In my said demand letter I listed 11 unpaid heads and articles. These 11 articles included demand for all sums dating back to July 2015. I therein also specified that I was willing to wait only up to the 25th February, 2016 before seeking means to get relief.


"Owed wages and accommodation were just 2 of these eleven articles.


"My letter was sent by email and by registered courier, both went unacknowledged nor honoured.


"This type of silence had become the new trend and my said demand letter was ignored just as my other e mails in the past weeks seeking support to prepare for the Egypt game.


"Our national team was at the point requiring that all energies and efforts should be directed at the oncoming qualifiers against Egypt and not at my employers initiating distractions for myself, the coaching crew and the players.


"Typical of these distractions, and without notice to me and in breach of our working agreement, the NFF rather chose the path of holding sessions on dismissing my assistant TIJANI BABANGIDA. They never gave reason(s) for the sack of Babangida.


"I had thought, hoped and counted on the NFF giving the magnitude of the Egypt game to have directed robust and committed efforts towards the said game, for example initiating its technical committee in procuring technical details that we had requested for since July 2015 on Egypt.


"Again some luxuries could have been shelved by the NFF to accommodate the outstanding bonuses for the players of the earlier qualifiers as the owed bonuses had become an issue with the players.


"As I have often been treated, along with my coaching crew and players it is pertinent to note that days after my resignation and contrary to The NFF official press release and numerous interviews and misrepresentations and outright falsehood, my bank has confirmed that no payments whatsoever as alleged by the NFF has been made to me. (as at as this afternoon of the 29thof February 2016).


"I dare say that the NFF I know would have made public, evidence of the said payment. I leave to the imagination of the public what conducts of this nature would do to our players just before vital games as often was the case.


"It is not in doubt neither did the NFF deny that my hallmark was my insistence on true professionalism, merit and an unflinching patriotic zeal to see the Nigerian national team to a higher level and my tenure brought progress to our dear national team.


"It is obvious that the NFF is at a loss as regards what to say, as they have never had a Coach ask them to keep their job as they often frustrate and use people (coaches) for scapegoats for their own short comings.


"My grandfather thought us to not seek to be loved by everyone(as it was not only impossible but a sign of weakness) but seek to be respected by most for honesty,hard work and a strong work ethic.


"As a Nigerian I can assure you you should not fear the Egyptians.Egypt is a good team but definitely far from the Egypt of five years ago and our new assembled team is definitely better.If we play with the philosophy and players I have put on the ground, we will definitely beat Egypt home and away with a larger margin in Egypt! Remember we don’t concede easily anymore.


"As stated in my resignation indicating my recourse to the termination clause as contained in our working agreement. I resigned due to numerous Contractual violations, lack of Support, Unpaid wages, Benefits to my players, Assistant Coaches and myself.


"God bless Nigeria!"

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  • God bless you! You're spot on with your article. It is now easier to read between the lines what had happened with previous coaches. I respect you for standing up to what you believe in; professionalism and dedication! You did your best and Nigerians appreciate you. Now, the custodian of the game in Nigeria (NFF)! It's a pitty because we thought this admininistration will do things differently because of the caliber of people on board, we have technocrats on that board, we have seasoned administrators and people of high interlectual capacity. So, let's ask ourselves, why has the system not improved? Honestly, I don't know why and it's so frustrating not to!!!

  • If indeed what Oliseh is saying is the truth, why will a public official publicly lie to Nigerians that all his owed entitlements have been paid. In some other countries I know, this is a grevious offense that warrant immediate sacking of such official. This is so sad. There is no half measures to the truth.   

  • Why will NFF keeps toying with our football especillay the Senior National Team? I thought Fifa was biased in the ranking until l realised the fact in our perfomance with the lowly rated countries even in Africa. Gone are the days when you can go to sleep when the The Super Eagles play a match with another team and the result already in your head, but now even if you watch from your living room and tried to kick the ball into the net yourself, nothing works.Quite unfortunately, I do not support any team except Nigeria my country be it any team. Pinnick  and his team must do something.

  • Michael Omotor 6 years ago

    Since every worker deserves a wage, just pay and pay on time.The single treasury account principle should not apply to soccer in nigeria.Finally, create a soccer fund whereby all nigerians donate annually to coaches and players.Let Dangote, Adenuga etc donate as well.

  • Michael Omotor 6 years ago

    With a separate soccer fund we can pay and reward not only our players but also our coaches.Money problem will be a thing of the past.

  • politicians should pls leave Nigeria sports alone. Oliseh is not like Amudu and other money mongers who dont know their stand.