By Jacob Ajom
THE Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation rose from its meeting Tuesday in Abuja with a resolve to deal decisively with head coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh should he run foul of its laid down rules in future.
There has been no love lost between the coach and the football house since the ignominious first round exit of the Super Eagles from the recently concluded African Nations Championship in Rwanda, a tournament won by DR Congo.
The development attracted scathing comments from Nigerians and the NFF did not hide it displeasure at the shocking defeat of the Eagles by their Guinean counterparts.
Recently, Oliseh went out of his way and cast aspersions on not only his employers, the NFF, but also on his Nigerian critics, whom he dubbed as “insane”.
He made a lengthy broadcast on YouTube in which he said CHAN was of the least importance among CAF organised tournaments, insinuating that Eagles’ exit from the competition was a result of NFF’s inability to run a good league.
This drew the ire of the football house which threatened to sack the gaffer. But the intervention of the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung doused the tension and Oliseh was saved from being axed.
In a nine-point communique issued after it’s meeting, the Executive Committee reviewed the national team’s participation in the CHAN and rebuked Oliseh for his “unwarranted statements unbecoming of a National Team Coach in both regular and social media.
“While acknowledging his apology, the Executive Committee made it clear that similar infractions would not be tolerated in future.”
Continuing, the EXCO noted, “in line with global best practices, the Committee decided that Coach Oliseh must henceforth report to the NFF General Secretary and the Technical and Development Committee, and should be ready to defend his entire programme before the Committee, including invitation of players and training programmes.”
The committee also lifted erstwhile U-17 coach, Emmanuel Amuneke to the U-20 team, the Flying Eagles; while a competent expatriate Coach, would be sought for the Super Falcons within the shortest possible time. The expatriate coach would be assisted by former Super Falcons captain, Florence Omagbemi and Perpetua Nkwocha.
The Committee also moved against the appointment of Tijani Babanginda as a personal assistant to coach Oliseh.
“The immediate disengagement of Mr. Tijani Babangida as Personal Assistant to Super Eagles’ Coach, Sunday Oliseh, as recommended by the technical and development committee, was unanimously approved and general secretary was therefore mandated to follow the due process in effecting his disengagement.,” read the NFF communiqué in part.
Babangida was on N600,000 a month and was appointed same time with Oliseh, his teammate at Ajax Amsterdam.