Oliseh Blasts NFF Again, Predicts More Trouble For New Super Eagles Coach

Oliseh Blasts NFF Again, Predicts More Trouble For New Super Eagles Coach

By James Agberebi:

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has come out to make a detailed statement about his failed relationship with the Nigeria Football Federatiom, NFF, and his consequent resignation as Super Eagles coach. He warns that tough times awaits whoever succeeds him as head coach of the team, for obvious reasons, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


Speaking ahead of his planned presentation to the Honourable House of Representatives on Thursday March 17th, 2016, Oliseh, on his blog, sundayoliseh.tv,  the former Super Eagles coach explains how the welfare of the players and the coaches of the national team were ignored for unimportant issues.

Following the resignation of Oliseh, the Nigeria Football Federation appointed U-23 Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, as an interim Super Eagles manager. The NFF have shortlisted some foreign coaches, as they continue to look for an  expatriate coach to make a substantive replacement for Oliseh.

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He disclosed how NFF officials tried to influence who gets invited to the Super Eagles, also reiterated why he decided to finally call it quits.

"Hello my name is Sunday Oliseh. I have instructed my lawyers to withdraw the lawsuit against the Nigeria Football Federation. After speaking with well-meaning Nigerians, whom I respect a lot, I also believe that it is useless joining issues with people who are bent on deceiving Nigerians and misleading Nigerians and diverting attentions from the reality. And the reality is that I decided to resign on the 25th of February because certain vested interest in the NFF put in their own interest first before the interest of our country," Oliseh started.

"But I also believe that Nigerians deserve to know the truth. I feel that it is important to know that my position as regards Nigeria coming first was a hinderance to the personal interest of certain vested interest in the NFF. And for that reason, anybody who is going to come in and be in my position as chief coach and who puts Nigeria first will always have problems. That is for sure. 

"Now, this also explains why important or very necessary expenditures that are important for the progression of our country, like wages of the players, the coaches are always placed secondary. Whereas other expenditures that have very little bearing to the progression of our country, will always be catered for first. 

"I also feel in order not to let Nigerians get the true picture, they are hell-bent on tarnishing my credibility. And that is why they've come up with this story like they've paid me and then I left. I have attached underneath here, since I am no longer going with the lawsuit, the statement of my account, of the bank which the NFF deals with in the few occasions that I have been paid. I have attached it underneath here and you can see that there is no payment that was made by the NFF to me. Up till the time I resigned on the 25th and even after that, up to the 29th that the month ended, you can see that.

"I also feel that it is right you know that I asked the technical committee for information, for materials to help us as regards Egypt. And I asked them way back in July 2015. As at the time I resigned on the 25th of February 2016, there was no information for us. Even though I demanded on several occasions. By emails also, so there is prove of it, so they dare not deny it. 

"But what I feel they regarded more important about was trying to influence who plays for  Nigeria, who gets invited, who would play. And obviously, I refused because they are not coaches.

"I also feel that it is unfair, but that notwithstanding, to treat players the way the players have been treated. Because it influences how the players perform and how they react. So, for that reason, I have attached here also, the invoice of the food they are saying I didn't buy in South Africa, I have attached it here for you to see. And that shows you that there is nowhere in the world the national team coach of the first team buys food for the team? And we are the richest African nation. So on that, I leave you to judge by yourself.

"Since I do not want to be a part of this, of putting Nigeria secondary, and personal interest first, there was no way this could continue. And I felt it was time to let it be, that was why I resigned, nothing else."

Oliseh added: "On the 16th of February, I wrote a demand letter to the Nigeria Football Federation, and I gave them an ultimatum of 25th, to settle issues way back as to July 2015. And almost by midnight when that ultimatum was not met, I resigned. No phone call was made. No email was sent to try to address this demand letter. And it was very clear. And when I resigned, I resigned by email and I resigned also by post-mail. And afterwards, the (NFF) president and the vice president called me and we spoke about this up until 2 am. And they tried to convince me not to do that, but the decision had been taken.

"And before that, I had contacted the Minister (of Sports). With due respect to the Minister and to Nigeria, before I even resigned, I called him to alert and to tell him what I had decided as the father of Nigerian sports.

"So, I don't think you need too much convincing because you've always known that what our federation is like. But then again, it was a pleasure to have served Nigeria as coach. Long live Nigeria. Thank you. Bye."  


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  • Divine A 6 years ago

    A few posers for Oliseh.
    1. Did u not study Ur employers before u accepted the job?
    2. What was Ur coaching qualifications/experience before you got d job?
    3. Why did u not stay in Nigeria as other coaches do?
    4. Why were u criticising Keshi and the previous coaches for the same sins u r talking about?
    5. How did Siasia and Amuneke succeed where u failed even though you all worked under d same circumstances?

    Final words. Punditry is not d same as Coaching.( Ask Gary Neville at Valencia). To succeed as a coach, you av to be a technical guru. diplomat, politician, man manager, psychologist, prayer warrior etc.

    To d NFA, we r in a round robbin. I bet after Siasia, una go appoint Amokachi. we will go round all d exe internationals until there is no one left. Shame. If you pay people peanuts, what you get r monkeys.

    The reason for our backwardness is that we av failed to run our public institutions as a business concern.

    I rest my case.

  • You see? So NFF has been deceiving Nigerians that Oliseh has collected his salary and ran off. Now they are planning to hire a foreign coach with double the Ooliseh salary. This is treason, a crime against the country. The House of Rep should invite Keshi and other coaches to hear more.

  • Anthony Chinedu Maurice 6 years ago

    This is Act 2 Scene 1. NFF over to you.

  • Gabriel 6 years ago

    There should be public hearing on this issue. The NFF and Oliseh will stand side by side to defend themselves. 

  • ifaluyi evans 6 years ago

    It’s a big shame on the part of the nff..where on earth coaches buy food for players? I think we need foreign administrator in nff.i think also Sunday should ve been a little patient with the authority,believe me when I say this,siasia failed bfor he ll fail again to qualify us for afcon..if the nff is hiring a foreign coach he should be a renowned world class coach and not some white guy who needs African team as a stepping stone to his goals..

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  • Deacon Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 6 years ago

    When you are sincerely appointing a good coach, you must do away with sentiments which is why we are not getting good and tested coaches. Nff has the money, why can’t they go for a tested foreign coach either from UEFA or CONMMEBOL zones. Oliseh ought to have cried out earlier on the negligent of the nff. Mr. President known for his stance against corruption, should order the EFCC to sanitize the NFF that is in a period of flamboyant decay.