President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has warned embattled Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh that qualification to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is ‘non-negotiable’, following the recent events that have threatened to overshadow Nigerian football.
The uproar started when the Super Eagles failed to progress beyond the group stages of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda, with Oliseh blaming their premature exit on the failure of the NFF to pay his players’ match bonuses and allowances.
And that was followed by his ‘YouTube rant’, where he uploaded a video describing his critics as ‘insane’, as well as lambasting some of his former international teammates and daring the NFF to fire him if they so wished.
And speaking on the development, Pinnick reminded Oliseh of the importance of qualifying to the next Africa Cup of Nations, describing it as ‘non-negotiable’.
“He (Oliseh) has to understand that what is key right now, what is very important is Nigeria’s qualification to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations,” he said.
“We consider our qualification non-negotiable, we have to qualify because it is a major event,” he added.
Pinnick further went on to state that Oliseh’s recent behavior has been needless and unnecessary, as well as a distraction.
“His outbursts have been quite needless and unnecessary and rather unfortunate. A lot of people are hurt about his outbursts, which they feel is a major distraction, considering the fact we have a major double-header against Egypt, one of the best football countries in Africa,” Pinnick added further.