Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, resigns

Sunday Oliseh has resigned as Head Coach of the Nigerian football national team, the Super Eagles, just over seven months after he was appointed.

Oliseh, who announced his resignation on Twitter, said he took the decision due to the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to honour the terms of his contract.

“Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach,” he tweeted.

In a preceding tweet before announcing his resignation, Oliseh thanked Nigerians for the opportunity to serve as coach of the national team

“I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria.”

Oliseh, whose appointment was made with much fanfare by the NFF, soon started having problems with the executives of the federation over remuneration, match tactics and results.

His complaint about being owed was not well received by the NFF, which rather threatened to sanction him.

He also had challenges managing the players. An altercation between the coach and the team’s former captain and the country’s most capped goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, led to the goalie’s premature resignation from the team last October.

Apparently, the last straw for Oliseh was the woeful outing of the Super Eagles at the CHAN competition in Rwanda, where the team was eliminated in the first round.

Following widespread criticisms that greeted the team’s elimination, a Youtube video soon surfaced in which Oliseh lambasted his critics, referring to them as “insane”.

On Thursday, the NFF directed Oliseh to henceforth report to former coach and the federation’s technical director, Amodu Shuaibu.

​The NFF is yet to respond to his resignation.


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  • Watch man

    Although Oliseh has his “good” reasons, the historical fact is that NFF hardly honours her agreements. Very unfortunate!

  • Victor Aikhionbare

    The koboko wey dem use flog first wife is waiting for the second and subsequent wives. When you dey run ya mouth against Keshi you tink see e easy abi. Mind you whoever comes next should not expect a smooth ride either. Dis is Naija.

  • Kwango

    Coaching is not about making noise on sports channels. Oliseh discovered he is just a fortunato as Coaches of other African nations do not respect his pedigree as “Gardiola of Africa” without managerial experience. He is also reported to be very sick and may need his doctors more than he needs NFF. Pinnick should immediately convert to “the Mourihno” of Africa” and take the Super Eagles to meet Egypt in March. He humiliated our most successful coach Keshi and has now been humiliated my our most incompetent coach Oliseh! However I respect Oliseh’s decision; henceforth any appointee that finds his responsibilities above his capacity should resign like Oliseh. As for NFF – Nigeria’s Football Failure…

  • wazobia scatter!!!!!!


    i knew the pretender wouldn’t last …………………………..he thinks he his coaching the belgian national team?!!!!
    the crap ………………..

  • Ivan_Mark_Radhakrishnan

    And ‘the president’ of the Nigerian ‘Football’ Federation – Amaju Pinnick – is
    one of the FIFA ‘electorate’ TODAY / Friday February 26 2016?!

    symptomatic of what happens in the ‘bored-rooms’ of Nigerian ‘football’

    CASH get to be one of FIFA’s 2O9 ‘electorate’? THIS IS A BLOODY ‘JOKE’. How did
    Amaju Pinnick get to become the ‘president’ of THIS EXTREMELY INFERIOR PRODUCT?
    Simple! HE ASS-KISSED Joseph Sepp Blatter and ‘the result’ is very evident!

    CLUB ‘FOOTBALL’ IS NOT Subscription Television Material. And Nigeria’s National
    Team ‘qualified’ for FIFA ‘world cups’ because it was FAVOURED in the ‘seeding’

  • DiranBayo Adeogun

    This guy (oliseh) has been a very arrogant boy since his playing days, i know he can’t last as a coach

  • sammyctu ode

    It’s time the Nigerian government make our sports especially football independent. Take the administration of football from all these corrupt incompetent lazy evil civil servants. Why should every coach either foreign or local always have problems with all these lousy no good junk administrators! Too much interference from all these buffoons which is wh Nigerian football can never grow. I recollect some years ago when ogunjobi was d technical director of NFF or NFA and he invited my brother in law who played for Nigeria for many years to help our women’s team preparing for d world cup. This guy came from USA spent six weeks but this evil ogunjobi and his NFA never paid him a dime WHILE OGUNJOBI WAS GOING AROUND WITHVA BIG SUITECASE FULL OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND OTHER FOREIGN CURRENCIES. THIS IS THE TYPE OF CORRUPTION THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON AT THE GLASS HOUSE FOR SO MANY YRS. IS IT NOT A CORRUPT GOVERNOR- uduaghan THAT FORCED THE GOVERNMENT OF USELESS JONATHAN TO ELECT PINICK AS NFF CHAIR WHO IS EQUALLY CORRUPT. THIS IS NOT A SERIOUS COUNTRY ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SPORTS COS THEY ARE ALL CORRUPT SIT TIGHT ANIMALS RUNNING THE SHOW OF SHAME.

  • Netanyahu

    Smart guy. He realized that Nigeria under him will never qualify for the next world cup or African Nations cup. To avoid the damage this will bring to his fledging career as a coach, the best option is to leave the stage while the ovation is still audible. We must tell ourselves the home truth, we do not have any local coach that seems to understand modern football as we watch it on TV these days. We do not play with any rhythm or flay. We just run around and if luck beckons, score an emergency goal. Nothing to cheer. Just go look for an unemployed European coach for a rescue otherwise we should kiss both competitions bye. Oliseh should return to the classroom if he wants to make coaching a career. Period.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Being coach of the Super Chickens is obviously a poisoned chalice.

  • Agu Butan

    Oliseh’s tenure as Super Eagles captain was bad. His tenure as Coach is the worst. Oliseh can be useful in coaching our non performing politicians on how to resign if they lack the knowledge and capacity to deliver. How I wish President Jonathan resigned instead of posting his disgraceful record.

  • kcee

    Time for Oliseh to respect and apologise to Keshi for keeping up with the same NFF he is running away from now. Oliseh didn’t even have the stamina for long. Not all what glitters is gold. I am sure he has learnt his lesson. As far as NFF have Barrister Green, Paul Bassey and his cronies in the Technical Committee, Nigerian football would retrogress.

  • Romberg

    Sometimes, you have got to do whatever you have got to do to save your incompetent face. Resignation when it is clear his credibility has depleted is a ruse. Now he can face his future, and Nigeria too can move on. Next time when he goes on tv to analyse matches, he will mind the size and shape of his mouth.

  • Omilade

    So the story about the suicide bombing and terrorist attack by Islamists in Yola has been taken off your website? So quick? Is this meant to make Nigerians forget about the insecurity and wanton and reckless loss of lives?

    No memorial services for the dead. No candle light service. No moon light service. Not even a lamp light service. See how how horrible it can be to be a Nigerian. This Buhari’s govt is very responsible.

  • Peter

    Oliseh is
    right. The politicians/beaurocrats/oligarchs at the NFF have killed
    Nigerian football. The politics there is akin to what obtains in
    APC/PDP. All former coaches suffered in the hands of these persons who
    came to the place through one political godfather or the other. Even
    the foreign coaches suffered in their hands. Keshi was humiliated many
    times and often times he had threatened to resign his appointment. The
    agreed conditions are merely stifled in order to frustrate the coaches
    and their players.

  • Chuks

    So Oliseh will now be referred to as former chief coach of the super eagles? Just like that eh. Guardiola of Africa, without any achievement?. Na waa.

  • Comfortkay

    There is something wrong with our sports management, there is no way we can move forward in this country sports where they always share money.
    Why is the NFF owing coach, his assistant and the players. We have people who have no knowledge about football running the show and believe me they are PDP (People Destruction Party) and Nigeria football is destroyed.