Sunday Oliseh has alleged that the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, made him a target for kidnappers during his short reign as Super Eagles Coach.
Oliseh was named as late Stephen Keshi’s replacement last year July. According to him, false claims by the NFF President stating that the has been paid three months salary upfront made him an easy target for kidnappers.
“In October 2015, with the belief that I had millions from the NFF, kidnappers attacked a family member of mine’s home in Lagos, but thanks to God the intended victim was not at home,” Oliseh wrote on his personal website.
“Shaken at the news, I called Mr Amaju to inform him of my displeasure of his false public declarations in my regard and there and then the seed of resignation started to grow in me. Is this worth my peaceful family suffering?”
Oliseh who was on a monthly salary of Five Million Naira also said that Pinnick’s claim that he was paid upfront during his unveiling and comparisons to then Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola were only meant to put him and his crew under pressure to fail.
He said: “On the day I was unveiled, the very vocal president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick boasted to the world that he was going to pay me 6 months’ salary in advance, we were never ever going to be owed as he had procured sponsorship from Zenith bank, that he knows I am the African Guardiola etc. declarations that not only added unnecessary pressure on us but made us hated by certain quarters as ‘prima Donnas’. Far from smart at all!
“We now know that, that was a ploy to make the world falsely believe that I was giving all the tools to succeed whilst intending to eventually starve us of tools to succeed in reality to have a scapegoat and employ his dream foreign coach for obvious reasons, as was tried failingly recently!”
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