THE Nigeria Football Federation has thrown more light on how Sunday Oliseh, who resigned his appointment as Super Eagles coach last week was engaged for the plum job.

The football house explained that Oliseh’s engagement was ‘exhaustively’ undertaken, with the best of intentions.

UNVEILING: New Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh (m) was unveiled yesterday in Abuja. Here NFF President, Amaju Pinnick(l) and Sec.General Sanusi Mohammed  display Oliseh's No 15 Jersey during the ceremony
File photo Ex Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh (m) during when he was unveiled in Abuja. Here NFF President, Amaju Pinnick(l) and Sec.General Sanusi Mohammed display Oliseh’s No 15 Jersey during the ceremony

In a release signed by its Director of Communication, Ademola Olajire, the NFF debunked insinuations that Oliseh was “handpicked” and said, “ the appointment was thoroughly thought-through; it went through a meeting between himself and the Technical Committee and was ultimately approved by the entire Executive Committee of the NFF.”

Explaining further, the football governing body said, “The NFF had the best of intentions in hiring Mr. Sunday Oliseh, and despite the misgivings about his temperament, he was seen as a bright young coach able to take the Super Eagles to new heights.”

In further defence of their choice for the coach, the NFF said, “this view was premised on his resume, (having played in various countries around the world), his undoubted football knowledge and his currency of ideas (being a respected former Super Eagles Captain and a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group.”

The football house feels betrayed by the coach and termed his resignation as “unfortunate,” as they were of the belief that things could have taken a turn for the better within a short time. The statement added, “despite the temporary financial difficulties which crept into the relationship in the last 4 (four) months, the NFF Executive Board took a long term view of his appointment and remained confident that with a little more patience on the part of the Coach, things would have turned around for the better in the long run”.


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