The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has said it would back decisions of coaches of the various national teams anytime. This is just as the national football ruling body said it will soon reel out a new code of conduct for players in the national teams.
Against the backdrop of the Vincent Enyeama saga which saw the former Super Eagles quit the team unceremoniously, the NFF also moved to cage further occurrences by speeding up the template.
NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick said the document is to forestall issues related to how players and officials behave during national duty and outlines what is expected of them.
“A small group had been working on the document and I am happy to say that it is now ready for implementation,” the NFF said through a press release.
“This will spell out how players and officials must conduct themselves while in any of the national camps, and minimize the probability of misunderstanding between coaches and players.
“The recent happening in the camp of the Super Eagles in Belgium was unwarranted but I am happy we have been able to put that behind us.
“Both Coach Sunday Oliseh and player Vincent Enyeama even spoke cordially on Saturday during Enyeama’s meeting with the NFF leadership.”
Pinnick and other officials had a meeting with Vincent Enyeama in Belgium where the national side is on a mini tour and said the discussions were fruitful as the team leans to move forward.
“I told him (Enyeama) that he did so well for Nigeria over the past thirteen-and-half years that he had been there, and by all means, is deserving of a honourable exit,” Pinnick revealed
“Whatever the situation, whether he decides to return to the team or not, the NFF will organize a worthy testimonial match in his honour because he served the nation so well.
“However, the Head Coach is in full charge of the team and the camp at all times, and that fact must be respected. The NFF will support and respect the decision of the Head Coach of any of the National Teams at all times.
“Both Oliseh and Enyeama are true heroes of Nigeria football, if you look at what they achieved at different times. But Oliseh is Head Coach now and in charge of the team.
We will continue to respect his contract; our role as a Federation is advisory,” he added