- Instability, bane of Nigerian football – Sports Minister
There seems to be no end in sight in the worries within the corridors of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF especially since Sunday Oliseh resigned his role as Super Eagles Head Coach.
Shortly after Oliseh suddenly called it quit last week, football-loving Nigerians have been baring their minds, the latest being an open criticism launched by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung.
Using his twitter handle @SolomonDalung, the Minister of Sports who has not hidden his disgust on the way and manner various sporting federations in the country are ran said; “I must apologize to Nigerians for the instability in NFF, however we must admit that all is not well and something must be urgently done
He added “I intervened for Oliseh b’cos you can’t disband a commander on eve of War but now that he threw the towel we must return to drawing board. The constant sacking of couches by NFF is clear indication that something is wrong with the system, because they can’t be right always
“How long can we continue with sacking couches? When shall we get it right? When will all these things end in football except radical surgery. There is no body that is indispensable so the untouchables must realize that national interest supersede all considerations
“I am tempted to think that the instability in NFF is not about national interest but deliberate scheming for self serving interest of few. Any system that is heavily funded by government without strict supervision will always be bedevilled by wrangling.”
Reacting to his comment, the country’s football body through its spokesman Ademola Olajire using his e-mail address fired back at the minister claiming “We find it strange though that, after complaints of non -payment, Mr.Oliseh waited to receive monies owed him before resigning,” NFF said in a statement.
“Two days before his resignation, he had passionately appealed that we unite as one force to fight the battle on the football field with the Egyptian national team. We had no idea he was selling a dummy.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Mr. Sunday Oliseh RESIGNED and was not SACKED. We bear no grudges against the coach and wish him well in his future endeavours.
“We have heard strange talk of “instability in NFF.” How can there be instability in NFF simply because an employee chose to resign?.
“The Executive Board of the NFF has resolved to accept his resignation and has responsibly gone ahead to accept the recommendation of the Technical Committee in replacing him temporarily with competent coaches.
“We have now moved swiftly beyond the issue of the resignation of Coach Oliseh and like responsible business -minded administrators we are now thinking about the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with the immediate business being the hosting of the Egyptian national team in Kaduna and playing them in Egypt towards the end of next month.
“We thank the teeming patriotic supporters of the Super Eagles, seek your forgiveness if we have done any wrong, ask for your understanding of the very difficult financial situation under which we are working and above all request your continued support and prayers,” he concluded.