Sunday Oliseh has resigned his position as coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, citing ‘contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches & myself’.
Due to Contract violations ,lack of Support,Unpaid wages,Benefits to my players,Asst.Coaches & myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach
— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) February 26, 2016
the 41-year old has come under intense scrutiny and pressure in recent weeks, following Nigeria’s group stage elimination from the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda, and his subsequent ‘YouTube rant’ where he described his critics as insane and dared the Nigeria Football Federation to sack him. The Super Eagles are billed to play the Pharaohs of Egypt in a back-to-back 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month, and had been summoned to appear before the Technical Committee today in Abuja, where he was expected to defend his choice of players for the games, as well as his tactics and program. But speaking in a radio interview earlier this week, he had suggested he won’t be honouring the invitation, as he had to meet the players he intends to use for the games on a one-on-one basis in Europe before coming to Nigeria. It now comes as a surprise, his decision to quit just about a month to the crucial games.
I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to Play,Captain & Coach this great Nation of ours,Nigeria. — Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) February 26, 2016
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Fcnaija checks have however revealed that the former Super Eagles skipper has not been paid his salaries for over three months, as well as that of his assistants.
Oliseh was employed in July 2015 to replace Stephen Keshi and was touted as ‘Africa’s Pep Guardiola’, but his reign has been cut short less than a year after he was appointed.
Meanwhile, the NFF have not made an official statement on his resignation.
More details later.