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Amaju Pinnick, NFF President

NFF accuses Oliseh of tearing Super Eagles apart; as Enyeama rules out return to team

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Monday, accused the recently sacked coach of the national team, Sunday Oliseh, of almost tearing the Super Eagles apart through ‘his impulsive style of man management.’
In a statement released by the NFF Communication Department and made available by the Assistant Director NFF Communications, Demola Olajire, the NFF said ‘’but for the timely intervention of its president, Amaju Pinnick and the Vice-President, his disagreement with former Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama would have led to the mass exodus of senior players from the national team.
“Coach Oliseh wanted to sack the entire backroom staff of the Super Eagles including the Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, saying he could not work with them. A potentially messy situation was aborted by the firm position of the General Secretary and the President on the matter.
“The coach virtually tore the team apart with his impulsive style of man management, for example, if not for the way the NFF President and his vice president handled the matter, his disagreement with erstwhile Captain Vincent Enyeama would have seen all the senior players quit the Super Eagles. The NFF has accommodated these only in support of the ultimate success of the coach and the team”
Olajire further stated that coach Oliseh never showed any respect to the contractual agreement he had with the Nigerian Football Federation.
“After the CHAN championships in Rwanda, the Technical Committee requested for the usual technical report of the Championship but Coach Oliseh wrote a terse e-mail back to the secretary of that committee stating that he did not report to them.
“ Even though by the terms of his contract he was obliged to return to Nigeria at least two weeks to any Super Eagles match and is obliged to watch our domestic league matches from time to time, one can count how many local league matches he has watched. And one can point out that he did not return to Nigeria before he went to the CHAN on the grounds that he was ill. Yet, he went to South Africa and Rwanda but did not return with the team to Nigeria”.
Meanwhile, the former captain and goalkeeper of the Super eagles, Vincent Enyeama, has ruled himself out of a possible return to the team he left in the heat of a disagreement with Oliseh, last October.
Enyeama, pulled the curtain on his international career, 13 years after making his debut for the Super Eagles on October 8, 2015.
The 33-year-old Lille goalkeeper had arrived at the Eagles’ training camp in Belgium late having had extra time off agreed following the death of his mother. However, he arrived to find he had been stripped of the captaincy, which had instead been handed to Ahmed Musa.
With reports in the media tipping interim national team handler Samson Siasia to recall the veteran back to the team following the resignation of Oliseh, but Enyeama says he has made up mind and will not quash his decision.
“I don’t want to talk about this issue again. I think my earlier decision stands,” Enyeama told BrilaFm.

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