March 30, 2016

EXCLUSIVE | NFF vice-president comments on Oliseh situation

Sunday Oliseh

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Football Federation vice-president Shihu Dikko sheds the light to former Super Eagles manager ’s situation.

A long-standing dispute between Oliseh and the NFF is officially over according the Dikko, after the manager was let go following the team’s failure to win the 2015 CHAN.

“As per as the NFF is concerned, Oliseh’s issue is closed and we will deal with all other attendant issues by mutually negotiating so we agree on the best way to settle any differences and or claims,” Dikko told KingFut.

“But we will do this outside the media as anything short of that will be damaging to both NFF and Oliseh himself. Thank god Oliseh has headed the path of honour and reason and dropped any legal challenges against the NFF as really the future is certainly greater than the present.

Oliseh had filed a lawsuit against the NFF, after he had claimed that he paid from his own pocket to avoid the players suffering from malnutrition in Rwanda, claiming the NFF had bailed out on them. Some of Oliseh’s lawyers went on to post photos of the vouchers on websites and journals too.

“Oliseh has been a great player for the Nigeria, played for some of the biggest clubs in the world and later went ahead to personally developed himself and got all the required badges as a coach. He even got to the FIFA technical study group where everyone respected him greatly; thus we are very proud of him and in fact these are some of the consideration that convinced us to offer him the job,” Dikko revealed.

“More so, he has indicated interest to coach the super eagles since 2011 when he was interviewed along with coach Samson Siasia and Steven Keshi. We also sat down with him and agreed on a very exciting project to develop Nigerian football, both in the short and long term but unfortunately as they say man proposes and God disposes.

“Oliseh got impatient with the unavoidable challenges the NFF faced and decided to sadly leave. But it’s on record that the NFF tried as much as possible within the challenges to give the coach all the support he needs and explain issues to him and may be because of the fact that he has been away for too long he couldn’t come to terms with it,” Dikko continued.

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Shihu then went on to praise Oliseh: “But he is excellent technically with good ideas, vision and if he has been patient and weathered the storm we could have achieved great things together.

“Life is all about ups and downs but he chose to take the easy route. We respect his decision and wish him well. So we have moved on and we will ensure all issues and differences are resolved amicably and in house for the good of all parties. This is the professional way to go and it’s exactly what we are doing but we won’t allow this issue to distract us and thank god Oliseh too appreciated this and has demonstrated this by dropping the legal challenge.

“Our objective now from the NFF is to ensure we continue on the development trajectory with the national team we set for ourselves while resolving all issues that need to be resolved,” Dikko concluded.

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