Saturday, February 27, 2016 11:00 am
Hours after Chief Coach of Nigeria’s Super, Sunday Oliseh, tendered his resignation letter to his employer, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, revelations have begun to come out how he ran the camp of the senior national team when he was in charge.
Assistant Director (Media) in the Communications Department of the NFF, Ademola Olajire revealed Friday night during an interview on African Independent Television, AIT that Oliseh ran Eagles’ camp like a despot and he was an unrepentant arrogant person.
Olajire said that his despotic action led to the untimely retirement of former Eagles’ captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama as well as striker Emmanuel Emenike.
Olajire told Nigerians that the erstwhile coach’s attitude forced the two players to their early retirement despite their importance in the national team.
According to Olajire: “We all saw what Emenike did for his English club last weekend. The player is still in good scoring form.
“I’m happy that Samson Siasia and other coaches have been mandated to reach out to the best of our players anywhere they may be around the world for the matches against Egypt next month,” he said.
Olajire said that everybody in the NFF was taken with surprise by the action of Oliseh who was just being paid his salary arrears running to N20 million.
“We have to move on as a nation. That was why we chose coaches who were winners for this country in the past and we believe that they will deliver.
“We are aware of the difficult the games against Egypt pose for us, but we will be ready,” Olajire said.
Nigeria will host the Pharaohs of Egypt in Kaduna on 25 March in the first leg of Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series and four days later, they will play the second leg in Cairo.
The NFF’s Media Officer also noted that the recalling of Siasia to the Eagles was to show to the world that there is no permanent enemy in football.
On 4 November, 2010, Siasia was named as the national team coach to succeed Swedish Lars Lagerbäck. He was fired on 28 October, 2011 for failing to take the Super Eagles to the 2012 African Nations Cup which was hosted in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.