Why i Quit As Super Eagles Chief Coach

Why-i-Quit-As-Super-Eagles-Chief-Coach-picIn any Team sport,it is the dream of most athletes to not only play,Captain but also Coach their national teams.That feat I thank God to have blessed me with but last week, I had no other choice but to resign as Chief Coach of the Super eagles.

In 8 months in Charge we have been blessed with spectacular results,14 games,1 official defeat and 1 from a friendly Game. Scoring 19 goals and conceding just 6. Climbing up 3 spots on the FIFA Ranking and all this achieved with a completely new and relatively young team.

So young, we were voted the world’s youngest team of 2015!

Why I Quit on the 25th Of February 2016.

I wrote an official legal binding demand letter to the Nigeria football federation through the General Secretary, requesting payment of salaries and bonuses that were already long due and pending. In my said demand letter I listed 11 unpaid heads and articles. These 11 articles included demand for all sums dating back to July 2015. I therein also specified that I was willing to wait only up to the 25th February, 2016 before seeking means to get relief.

Owed wages and accommodation were just 2 of these eleven articles.

My letter was sent by email and by registered courier, both went unacknowledged nor honoured.

This type of silence had become the new trend and my said demand letter was ignored just as my other e mails in the past weeks seeking support to prepare for the Egypt game.

Our national team was at the point requiring that all energies and efforts should be directed at the oncoming qualifiers against Egypt and not at my employers initiating distractions for myself, the coaching crew and the players.

Typical of these distractions, and without notice to me and in breach of our working agreement, the NFF rather chose the path of holding sessions on dismissing my assistant TIJANI BABANGIDA. They never gave reason(s) for the sack of Babangida.

I had thought, hoped and counted on the NFF giving the magnitude of the Egypt game to have directed robust and committed efforts towards the said game, for example initiating its technical committee in procuring technical details that we had requested for since July 2015 on Egypt.

Again some luxuries could have been shelved by the NFF to accommodate the outstanding bonuses for the players of the earlier qualifiers as the owed bonuses had become an issue with the players.

As I have often been treated, along with my coaching crew and players it is pertinent to note that days after my resignation and contrary to The NFF official press release and numerous interviews and misrepresentations and outright falsehood, my bank has confirmed that no payments whatsoever as alleged by the NFF has been made to me. (as at as this afternoon of the 29thof February 2016).

I dare say that the NFF I know would have made public, evidence of the said payment. I leave to the imagination of the public what conducts of this nature would do to our players just before vital games as often was the case.

It is not in doubt neither did the NFF deny that my hallmark was my insistence on true professionalism, merit and an unflinching patriotic zeal to see the Nigerian national team to a higher level and my tenure brought progress to our dear national team.

It is obvious that the NFF is at a loss as regards what to say, as they have never had a Coach ask them to keep their job as they often frustrate and use people (coaches) for scapegoats for their own short comings.

My grandfather thought us to not seek to be loved by everyone(as it was not only impossible but a sign of weakness) but seek to be respected by most for honesty,hard work and a strong work ethic.

As a Nigerian i can assure you you should not fear the Egyptians.Egypt is a good team but definitely far from the Egypt of 5 years ago and our new assembled team is definitely better.If we play with the philosophy and players I have put on ground,we will definitely beat Egypt home and away with a larger margin in Egypt! Remember we don’t concede easily anymore.

As stated in my resignation indicating my recourse to the termination clause as contained in our working agreement. I resigned due to numerous Contractual violations, lack of Support, Unpaid wages, Benefits to my players, Assistant Coaches and myself.

God bless Nigeria!

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March 1, 2016 2:59 pm Published by


  • Anthony Amahwe says:

    Well done, Sunday! Firstly, I’m happy that you resigned your role instead of being told to leave- it’s ‘unNigerian’. It simply means you left with your heads high. I honestly think you didn’t do much, perhaps due to your short stint, to convince many of your technical depth in handling the Super Eagles even though the results clearly show that you didn’t fail.

    Also, you should do well to better manage your personal PR and media engagement rules as this didn’t help at all. I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

  • CMoney says:

    Well at least you left honorably. You did not pander and beg to stay on the job like the other one before you who shamed himself and was collecting all sorts of bribes from players and agents.

    My only caution to you would have been to either do this earlier or wait until after the Egypt game. But I am glad you are exposing all those liars and thieves in the NFF. Make them continue to dey wallow in their mediocrity.

    Meanwhile what is the function of the technical committee if they cannot source common video tape in the digital era of 2016? Shameful.

    Take care my brother.

  • Eagle says:

    NFF is run by thugs!
    You have to be crazy to deal with those guys.
    Oliseh did his best. But I think we should continue this experimentation with coaches until we discover “westerhof”, then we will surpass the 5th world ranking record we set in 1994.

  • Olatunde olakunle says:

    Please I beg you in the name of God do not relent in your fight with the NFF. Do not let any sentiment or lobbiest deter you from fighting this just course. This people’ have done enough damage to our football. Enough is enough, remember we are crying for change in the country, this may be the way the lord want to use you to effect the necessary change in the country. Remember how you are labeled after the 2002 nations cup. If you did not fight this to the logical end and expose this people guess who will be the losse? Sunday Oliseh of course and thix time that stigma will stick with you forever. Please Nigerians are solidly behing you in this fight. God bless you and God bless Nigeria.

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