Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Nigerian Football Federation accuses Sunday Oliseh of lying

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has apologized to Nigerians over the sudden resignation of Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh.

The NFF, in an official statement posted on its website Monday, assured Nigerians that it would not let the development affect the team's preparation for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

It said: "The NFF seizes this opportunity to apologize to Nigerians for the situation we find ourselves though not of our own making. We assure the teeming Super Eagles supporters that we shall patriotically remain committed to the success of the team.

"This is already evidenced by the swiftness with which we have reconstituted the coaching crew and received the assurances of the patriotism of the Super Eagles players who have vowed to fight for the Nigerian and spirit, and ensure that not only do we qualify for the African Nations Cup but also that our long term goals are not derailed.

"The NFF gives the foregoing assurances despite the circumstances which has arisen with the untimely resignation of coach Sunday Oliseh," the federation said.

The NFF accused Oliseh of lying about contract violations, unpaid wages and benefits to players and assistant coaches as reasons for his sudden resignation. The NFF also accused Oliseh of backing out of their agreement after collecting his salaries and other allowances.

"... .the decision (to resign) was taken unilaterally without discussion with the NFF or any of its officials, without giving the requisite 1(0ne) month as stipulated in his contract," it said.

The federation also claimed that Oliseh tore apart the team with his management style, sacking people at will and that if the NFF did not step in, all the senior players in the team would have dumped it like erstwhile captain, Vincent Enyeama.

"The coach virtually tore the team apart with his impulsive style of man management, if not for the way the NFF president and vice presidents handled the matter, his disagreement with erstwhile captain Vincent Enyeama would have seen all the senior players quit the Super Eagles," it said.

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