By Ben Efe
Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick has urged all circles aggrieved by the bad fits thrown up by Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh to mellow down.
Following Nigeria’s dismal outing at the CAF Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda, coach Oliseh had taken to YouTube to deride virtually all members of the football family. Dazed by his own folly, Oliseh has since apologised, but the NFF technical committee, the football house backroom staff and the
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria are still angry. SWAN has given Oliseh seven days ultimatum, to name its members he was referring to in his monologue.
But Pinnick who was speaking on the NFF YouTube channel pleaded that Oliseh be given a second chance because of the closeness of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Egypt.
“Oliseh’s apology is not enough. We need to make some repairs, make some fence mending, we need to talk to various stakeholders that were directly or indirectly affected by his rantings for example, SWAN – SWAN is so mad.”
“SWAN has been a major platform for building football and sports generally in Nigeria. So, we need to appeal to SWAN, we need to appeal to their conscience, we need to make them understand that it is all about Nigeria. After SWAN we need to appeal to the Technical Committee, they’ve done a thorough job, they wrote a simple letter requesting for a report and the response was rather appalling. They feel so slighted, they feel so hurt and of course they feel even betrayed by us, so we need to appeal to them.
“Look at the calibre of people in the Technical Committee, you have Mutiu Adepoju, Christian Chukwu, Victor Ikpeba, Danladi, Fresh as the vice chairman and then my Brother Green. Shaibu Amodu, these are people that have contributed immensely to the development of the game; on and off the field of play,” said Pinnick.
He admitted that Oliseh’s angry remarks have fractured relations.
“We are in a kind of dilemma right now. And we must appeal to the members of the Nigeria Football Federation and to the backroom staff that were called names.
“We also have to appeal to the Sports Ministry. Because if you are abusing the NFF you are also abusing the Nigerian Government. We also appeal to the financiers and sponsors.”