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Friday, 26 February 2016

Sunday Oliseh Resigns Amidst Crucial African Cup Of Nations Qualifies

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has resigned with immediate effect, leaving the position for coach of the national team vacant. 

Oliseh offered his resignation on Thursday, 25th February, 2016 after receiving the backlog of salaries owed him by the Nigeria Football Federation, a source in the governing body told Completesportsnigeria

The former Nigeria's team captain and his employers have been at loggerheads for weeks following the home-based Super Eagles’ early ouster from the African Nations Championship in January, 2016. They were knocked out of the CHAN tournament on group stage. They secured only four points from three matches, with a win in their first match, a 1 - 1 draw with Tunisia in the second match and a 1 - 0 defeat to Guinea in the final group game.

Oliseh did not take kindly to the criticism that trailed the CHAN outing and shot back via a YouTube video in which he exposed the NFF’s shoddy treatment of himself and his players, who were owed camp allowances and win bonuses and were left unmotivated throughout the tournament.

Thus, he said “I am addressing this insanity that has befallen some of our critics and I call it insanity because you must be insane to start seeking a plebiscite o the future of the National Teams coach of Nigeria because we lost CHAN. With all due respect, CHAN is the least important tournament organised by CAF, and it is a tournament which weighs on the strength of the various
leagues and you can see how far DR Congo and TP Mazembe have done. What then should be done to the coaches of Ghana, South Africa and Egypt, who did not qualify for this tournament? I understand that we lost this but this constant insanity each time the Super Eagles lose, some usual critics go on air and start seeking the plebiscite as regarding the future of the Chief coach of the Super Eagles. This is madness! They did the same thing when we lost our first game to DR Congo, which was a friendly game. They were asking questions if this was the right person to lead the Super Eagles. We lost to Guinea , and this comes after a 10-game non loosing streak of the Super Eagles. Yes I am captain unbeaten run, and now they start this hullabaloo over the future of the coach of the Super Eagles. A contract is made out. I signed a contract with the NFF. If you are not happy about it, Okay 1 … we come out and shake hands. But I will like to remind you that this is the 14 th game I have been in charge as coach of the Super Eagles and we have lost only two and only one official game. We are still on track to qualify for the Nations Cup. We have qualified into the full stage for the World Cup. So where is this failure that some of our critics are trying to sell to Nigerians. Where is it coming from? Unless you mean that for Coach Sunday Oliseh and his crew to be successful, they must win every match ... JESUS CHRIST !”

The former Juventus midfielder leaves the Eagles in the middle of key Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with back-to-back games against Egypt coming up in a month’s time.

Oliseh was appointed in July 2015 as successor to Stephen Keshi following his resignation from service to the national team. Oliseh was in charge of 14 official matches, losing one friendly against DR Congo in Belgium and a CHAN group match against Guinea that led to early elimination in Rwanda.

During his tenure as coach, there were some controversies about the leadership of the team which resulted in a resignation tendered by two prominent players in the team. The excellent shot-stopper Vincent Enyeama resigned due to an unfair treatment given to him by coach Oliseh during the time he was mourning the demise of his mother. 

Enyeama's resignation was closely followed by a resignation tendered by 2013 African Nations Cup hero in the person of Emmanuel Emenike. 

Joseph Etim

Joseph Etim (B. Tech) is a blogger, mobile web developer and a tutor with a zeal for positive effects.

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