After a comprehensive extraordinary rant on YouTube, calling his critics ‘insane’ and indicting his employers over release of relevant enablements for the job, Nigeria’s Super Eagles head coach, Sunday Oliseh has finally announced his resignation from the job.
Interestingly, Oliseh also had to do that on twitter at the early hours of Friday, 26 February.
He cited lack of support and unpaid wages as some of the reasons for his decision, even though he stated that “I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria,”
He also added that, “Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach.
In his twitter handle, @SundayOOliseh, the former super Eagles Chief Coach wrote “Due to Contract violations ,lack of Support,Unpaid wages,Benefits to my players,Asst.Coaches & myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach. I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to Play,Captain & Coach this great Nation of ours,Nigeria.
A copy of Oliseh’s letter of resignation which was also scanned and posted on his handle read in full:
“Dear General Secretary of NFF,
Object: Letter of Resignation.
Due to incessant Violations of our signed agreement (Contract) I am hereby informing you of my decision to terminate our working collaboration signed in July 2015
The most important objective is for the Super Eagles Of Nigeria to qualify to the next AFCON and the World Cup 2018.
Since so little help is being rendered me in getting the players to give their best and very vital conditions and advantages to the team play are also being sacrificed coupled with non redress of the aforementioned despite my several e mails and others, seeking your aid to effectively carry out my duties were ignored.
These unconducive working conditions that my coaching crew and myself have to live with, your contractual violations and the interest of the nation necessitates that I tender my resignation and recourse to the termination of our working agreement.
Many thanks for the opportunity to serve my fatherland.
Chief Coach Super Eagles of Nigeria”
Sports enthusiasts, who know the antecedents of Oliseh, anticipated this development, last week, when the Nigeria Football Federation had directed Oliseh to report to the National Technical Adviser, Shuaibu Amodu, who will in turn report to technical committee, the General secretary before communications get to the Executive Committee of the NFF.
According to the federation, the new channel of communication, was for easy coordination.
Chairman, NFF’s Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green,said this was because NFF’s Technical Department was structured in a way that all the national team coaches must report directly to Amodu.
According to him, “Shuaibu Amodu is the National Technical Director and as such he is involved in all the games of the national teams, whether in the under-17, under-20 or Super Eagles.
“Normally, as the National Technical Director, Oliseh will report to him (Amodu), while he (Amodu) reports to the Technical Committee and from there to the General Secretary and finally to the Executive Committee of the NFF.
“His (Amodu) function is to prepare programmes for the Federation for the various national teams for the next five years. So, for every game we play, he is involved by virtue of his position.
“All of us will have to work together. Oliseh is the Head Coach of the Super Eagles, while Amodu is the National Technical Director.
“However, Amodu is not directly involved in the handling of the Super Eagles, but he is directly involved in the formulation of policies and programmes for all the national teams,” Green said.
He said he was sure Amodu would not usurp the duties of Oliseh.