By Jude Opara, Abuja
Despite the embarrassment brought to bear on the Nigeria Football Federation by the conduct of Super Eagles Chief Coach, Sunday Oliseh who last Sunday took to the social media castigating most football stakeholders, the NFF decided not to sack the coach because of the huge severance money the coach stood to collect should he be axed.
Sports Vanguard can authoritatively reveal that going by the letters of the contract which the NFF and Oliseh signed last June, the coach would pocket a whopping N126 million should he be sacked by the federation under one year of the five year contract.
A dependable source at the secretariat of the NFF told our reporter that apart from the financial implication which the cash-strapped federation could not easily overlook, the other dilemma was the fact that there is hardly any other Nigerian coach that will easily accept the job with just one month to the make or mar 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Egypt.
Our source further revealed that some of the coaches (whom he refused to mention) that were subtly sounded out by the technical committee of the NFF turned down the offer, apparently due to what happened to Samson Siasia who was sacked at the Stadium after the team failed to qualify for the 2015 edition of the championship even as he did not begin with the team in the qualifying series.
However, Sports Vanguard gathered that the NFF is still studying the clauses of the Oliseh contract to see if there is a way out due to the fact that the coach was also not expected to engage in any improper conduct.
“Honestly I know that the leadership of this federation is not happy with the recent development but with just one month to the important game against Egypt it is difficult. Again even if you get away with the issue of claims which Oliseh stands to get if sacked, who will take over the team?
“Remember what happened to Siasia after he came on a rescue bid and was sacked at the stadium the moment we failed to qualify for the AFCON. So I want to tell you that the coaches are afraid because nobody is sure of what will happen again.”
He also hinted that Oliseh may not entirely draw the list of players for the two-legged encounter as both the technical committee and the assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf will be involved.