Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has said he will not be appearing before the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Friday.
The embattled coach was summoned by the committee to appear before it to present and defend his program, team list and tactics for the back-to-back 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt next month.
But speaking in a radio interview on Tuesday morning, Oliseh stated categorically that he will not be coming to Nigeria to appear before the committee on Friday, as he is still monitoring overseas based players he intends to invite for the games.
“I would have loved to meet them this week, but there are certain things we must understand,” Oliseh said on Brila FM.
“The problem is that I have this weekend scheduled and I mapped out this program out to them (NFF) that I am to be in Mainz to watch one of the players that we might use.
“I have already been to Holland to watch one of our hopefuls play, I have been to Belgium to watch two of our hopefuls play, so if I come to Nigeria to meet the committee now, that means for the next two weeks I will be sitting in a hotel room without anybody to train and I cannot even afford to pay for hotel rooms or accommodation at the moment.
“So I have communicated to them that it is reasonable that when camp opens, we all meet and we will all discuss before the camp opens,” stated Oliseh.
The 41-year old has been involved in a running battle with the NFF since Nigeria’s group stage ouster from the CHAN tournament, and it remains to be seen how they will react to his latest decision not to honour their invitation to appear before its Technical Committee this week.