Oliseh withdraws suit against NFF, insists he was not paid
Former Super Eagles’ Coach Sunday Oliseh has withdrawn a lawsuit he instituted against the Nigerian Football Federation. Oliseh is to appear before the House of Representatives.
“I have instructed my lawyers to withdraw the lawsuit against the Nigerian Football Federation, after speaking with many Nigerians whom I respect a lot,” Oliseh said in a video message posted on his personal website.
The former Eagles’ handler said he resigned due to “contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself.”
But the NFF disputed Oliseh’s claims that he had not been paid. The Federation said the ex-Eagles’ coach was paid about N20 million shortly before his resignation and that it owed the players and the coaches bonuses for the World Cup qualifier against Swaziland played in Port Harcourt.
In a statement shortly after Oliseh’s resignation, the NFF said: “With regard to the allegation that he was not supported, it is pertinent to note that Mr. Oliseh himself had on numerous occasions expressed gratitude for the support he had received from the NFF and in particular from the NFF President and Vice Presidents.”
Oliseh, however, insisted that he has not been paid. According to him, he chose to withdraw the suit against the NFF because it was pointless. He presented a statement of account from Zenith Bank, through which his salary was paid as the head coach of the Super Eagles. The evidence showed that there was no payment made to him in February contrary to the NFF’s claim. He also presented evidence of footing the bill of Super Eagles’ feeding during camp in South Africa between January 5 and January 16, 2016.
“I also believe it is useless joining issues with people who are bent on deceiving Nigerians, and misleading Nigerians and diverting attention from the reality. And the reality is that I decided to resign on 25th of February because certain vested interest in the NFF put their interest first before the interest of our country,” he said.
Further in the in the video, Oliseh stated that his position that national interest should supersede personal interest was a hindrance to some people, who frustrated his efforts. He said the Federation prioritised expenditures that have little or no positive effects on the national team while leaving important needs unattended to.
He also blamed the technical committee of the NFF for not supporting him. He said the committee was more interested in interfering in team selection instead of providing needed support.
“What they found more important to them was trying to influence who plays for Nigeria; who gets invited; who will play,” Oliseh said. “And obviously, I refused because they are not coaches.”