Sunday Oliseh’s resignation good riddance to bad rubbish — NFF

NFF unveiling Sunday Oliseh as Nigeria's Super Eagle's Coach on July 15, 2015. The centre can no longer hold

The Nigeria Football Federation has responded to the sudden resignation of Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, describing the development as ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’.

The spokesperson for the Federation, Ademola Olajire, said with Oliseh’s departure, the country would have to immediately empanel a new set of technical leadership for the national team.

“Oliseh is gone and we have to move forward,” Olajire said in an interview in Abuja with the Nigeria Television Authority. “As far as we are concerned, it is good riddance to bad rubbish. He is not the kind of person we though he was.

“He went on YouTube to abuse Nigerians. The Minister pleaded with the federation to allow him to remain in place for our next two matches. As you can see, he did not even wait for those matches.”

Olajire said the NFF only heard of the resignation in the media as the coach was yet to send in any letter to that effect.

The NFF spokesperson said he was in touch with the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, and other top officials of the Federation, who are currently in Zurich for FIFA special congress.

“I cannot tell you what exactly they will do, but I can tell you that we will empanel a new set of technical hands for the team. And whatever Oliseh has mishandled in his few months in charge, they will have to right.”

Olajire faulted Oliseh’s claim that the NFF violated the terms of his contract, challenging the coach to publish details of those aspects of his contract that were breached.

Coach Oliseh resigned on Friday, 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 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.


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  • David Adeniran

    This guy has created a record as the shortest serving Super Eagles Coach! A man that can not rule over his spirit is the greatest danger to himself and he doesn’t need any outsider to destroy him.

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      Well said.

  • uduakomiri

    Oliseh is a mental patient! He is not a coach, he is arrogant, he lacks direction, and if NFF had done their job properly rather than be in a haste to do things Oliseh should never have been allowed to clean the toilet for the super eagles let alone be in charge of the team.

    • Edward Longe

      Wow, man! why don’t you publish your resume in the world of soccer or your field of endeavor for Nigerians to see what you have achieved that gives you the audacity to question his qualifications. You may not like his person, that’s ok, and he may not be the best candidate for the job, but somebody employed him. To completely disregard his achievement in the world of soccer is lunacy. At least give the guy some credit. Get educated!!

      • uduakomiri


    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      Oliseh was not charitable to Keshi and “pushed” him out with unwarranted criticism and back stabbing. Now see this?

  • kcee

    Keshi dey laugh sha.

  • Amir

    Amaju Pinnick realised his picnic with Oliseh and urged him to resign before being disgraced. If Amaju is in Zurich I’m sure he discussed with his playboy Oliseh who is in Belgium on this resignation. Keshi endured more than Oliseh with a worse contract yet performed.

    • Domingos

      We must eschew the pedestrian culture of “bad” contracts and expecting one to perform. This is not a civilized model backed by science. It is just like the contract of engaging one who could not pass Secondary school exams to manage an economy in crisis and expect him or her to perform. It is mumudity my friend. Gross mumudity. Oliseh was and is right. He is my man of the year.

      • Amir

        Nobody expects you to suddenly start thinking correctly and rationally. If it took a PHD holder to drive that economy into crisis, it certainly needs someone with NEPA bill or Bread label or mechanic certificate to drive the economy out and disgrace the mediocre PHD. Get over your pain of election loss and leave the creeks today. None but yourself can free your mind of corruption and impunity. Remember the money that could have been used to pay Oliseh was diverted to party delegates account by the renowned fortunato.

        • Justice

          Its very easy for people like you to try and turn the truth on its head but we won’t let you. Apc inherited a robust economy and ran it aground due the lack of any discernable economic strategy. But your parochial and regional mind won’t allow you to see the tress from the forest. You can continue to churn out lies as much as you like just like your masters as represented by Lai Mohammed but we shan’t be moved.

          • Amir

            The truth, they say, shall set you free as it basically moves you from ignorance to knowledge. If you refuse to move that means you want to remain in ignorance. It’s your choice just like you chose failure and delusion at the last election and still licking your wrong decision.

          • Edward Longe

            Did you just say APC inherited a robust economy? You may have been living in a parallel universe, or you are one of the yam eaters this government is desperately looking to talk to. Get get back under your rock, or pull your head out of the sand my man

    • Edward Longe

      Methinks that the NFF itself needs to look hard at what they’re doing. The fact that Keshi may have put up with their nonsense for so long does not mean that everybody else has to, if you have integrity. Maybe, they need to go and get a foreign coach who would not put up with three months w/o pay, and players not getting their allowances as at when due. The administration is the problem, at least from outside looking in.

  • wode

    If nothing, this would humble Pinnick in his future decisions.


    The Federal govt have been trying by all means to Northernise the Super Eagles by using the Federal Character principles in the following ways
    1. BACK OFFCE STAFF APPOINTMENTS for the head coach forced to include people from the North who know little or nothing about football (Since Babangida was sacked from Oliseh’s back staff group, Oliseh had to go too. Recall that IBB & a Northern Gov personally sympathized with Tijani Babangida only a few days ago)

    2. CONSTANTLY Locating Matches of the Super Eagles in the BOKOSTANI Northern regions of Nigeria……………Recall that Ex Coach Keshi, Ex Skipper & Goalie, as well as Oliseh himself had all expressed strong reservations for NFF moving matches to Kaduna, Kanu and Maiduguri.

    NOTE: When Nigeria played ALL its matches in Calabar (Southern Nigeria ), Nigeria won the Nations cup. Since we started playing in the North the Super Eagles have not been winning because the players are thinking of the possibility of terrorists in the crowd. So they don’t concentrate.

    APC Party should stop politicizing football administration leave NFF alone and allow all Matches to be played in the East and South of Nigeria and not in the regions where FEMALE football is haram. Now the coast is clear, APC through NFF can now appoint an Oluwole or an Abulahhi Ibrahim as Chief Coach because the Super Eagles players can not all be 100% from East and South as the Coaching crew.
    Thank you.

    • Edward Longe

      When was the last time, if there ever was, in the history of the country that seasoned football minds have been put in charge of Nigerian football, was it different under the previous administration or the ones before it? APC is not the problem only that is what you choose to see. Good luck!!, I mean that as a verb, not the guy.

  • Cleartruth

    In as much as we criticise Oliseh for his unruly behaviours and arrogance, we must give NFF serious knocks for failing to pay salaries. How can someone be working for you without you paying him salary? How do you want him to survive? If he demands his salary you will threaten to sack him. The same thing is happening in osun state where rauf has sacked doctors for demanding their salaries. What is wrong with us as a nation?

    • emmanuel

      “In as much as we criticise Oliseh for his unruly behaviours and
      arrogance, we must give NFF serious knocks for failing to pay salaries.” ——————-You lie. This knocks should go to Duncee who has not only copted Nigeria into the Islamic countries fighting corruption but rallied the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Countries) to assist in resettling the persons displaced by Norther Nigeria’s Islamist terrorists as well as getting the Islamic Bank to begin loans and finance model in the Nigeria economy. EVERYTHING is becoming Islamic in Nigeria and people are wondering what is going on?

      • Edward Longe

        Calm down, calm down, you want an opportunity to rant about something that has nothing to do with football? go somewhere else and save the rest of us your sanctimonious nonsense.

  • FreeNigeria

    NFF is bad, Oliseh is terrible. NFF needs to be cleaned out of wayward leadership

    • Domingos

      Not NFF. The Nigerian govt is terrible. 1/100th of what was budgeted for Aso Rock Clinic would have settled all the slaries of Oliseh and his crew and back staff. Let us learn to place culpability where culpability belongs. This is the only way Nigeria can move forward and not your evasive mumuistic logic of placing the blame at the door steps of helpless NFF.

      • Samuel Okezie

        From the little I know about football, NFF is independent of the Federal Government

      • Amir

        You are simply daft and backward. Oliseh’s contract was not drafted at Aso Rock, so there is no connection. Channel your anger appropriately before your parents loose you or better talk to your doctor. Ewu

      • Izedomi Ohirein

        You must be the last to know that, the supposed Aso Rock Clinic’s budget was incorrect.

  • owhonda

    It is surprising how the NFF settled for Oliseh in the first place

  • Isi Agwo

    Wondering what the thug and ex-prisoner, the sports minister, has got to say about this after weeks of defending Oliseh. I think he should hide under his useless barret cap for good.

    • Sean

      The Minister hasn’t anything to do with NFF and you’re a low life scum to drag the Minister into it with a view to abusing him, people like you should get quality education, the minute you result to abuse, you’ve lost the issue! My guy get good education as it will do you good , your post here has shown the thinking faculty of yours. What a shame!

      • Justice

        “you are a low life scum” and “the minute you RESORT to abuse you ve lost the issue”. Mr, you may need to borrow a leaf from your own advice.

  • Lawrence Azubuike

    Let’s move on

    • Sean

      How do you move on without the major issues being resolved? Is this happening for the first time? Nigeria and Nigerians have serious problems

      • ezedi

        Exactly… Keshi was owed months of salary, now Oliseh too! I dnt feel bad for Oliseh at all but NFF is the main problem.

      • Lawrence Azubuike

        We can’t keep dwelling in the past. The guy has resigned and moved on with his life.

  • Arabakpura

    The riddance of the bad rubbish will not be complete until the NFF members also resign! Something that I don’t know is wrong with the NFF and it requires complete clearance! As for Oliseh, I never knew he was this much a coward; agreed he is no-nonsense, but he should have taken up the gauntlet to prove his mettle! I have said it before and I will continue to say that we have one game to win before we start winning on the pitch and what game is that? There must be good relationship and understanding between NFF and the super eagles coach; without this, Nigeria will continue to be a joke!
    Why must reporting to Shaibu Amodu be used as a form of punishment against the coach anytime there is a disagreement?
    Finally, I think Amaju Pinnick should join him!

  • No cause for alarm over Olise’s resignation. Amodu Shuaibu is always available to take over in the interim and even help secure a world cup place in the remaining matches.

  • JasV

    Olise, your mouth use to dance upwards and sideways in criticism of Keshi when he was in charge. I hope you will ask for his forgiveness now that you have seen that khaki no be leda.

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  • Olusegun Olawonyi

    Oliseh failed as a national coach, even though he did well as a national footballer. Much of Oliseh’s failure can be attributed to the failure of the Pinnick led NFF. I recall that when Oliseh was being unveiled to the nation as the chief coach of the national team, loud mouthed Pinnick called Oliseh the Pep Guardiola of Nigeria. How do we get Pinnick and his crew to take responsibility for this charade?

  • Omo Akin

    So much ignorance is displayed here in condemning Oliseh. The first question is this: why is the NFF always owing coaches and their support staff salaries? The NFF somehow manages to pay foreign coaches promptly but they always owe Nigerian coaches even though the foreign coaches earned far more than their Nigerian counterparts. Can Pep Guardiola coach without his salary? How much month’s salary is this Olajire owed?
    The folks running Nigerian soccer are very poor managers. Some of them covertly work to undermine and cause the coaches to fail. That gives them opportunity to collect estacode and touring allowances looking for coach.
    Specifically, NFF removed Oliseh’s assistant, changed the contract by requiring him to report to Amodu, owed him and his staff salary and you expect him to perform miracles! So Amodu will be in charge but Oliseh will take the blame; the NFF is clever only by half. For those who will talk about patriotism and he should work even if his salary is not paid, let there be no allowance, ectacode or salary for NFF members and lets see who will remain there.
    Oliseh has university education while playing at top level of the game. He is not desperate for the job. He may be temperamental but there is only so much you can take from an employer who anxiously wait for you to fail.

  • Comfortkay

    Please fellow Nigeria can any one give us an info about the NFF spokesman profile Did he play active soccer?? We will not move if every one in the NFF offices that did not play active football should resign . Common it is time we clean rats and mosquitoes in our sports, if we want our football to grow, we have talents and we need proffessional people to handle our sports especially football and not any political pick ups.