I Was Not Paid, Oliseh Insists As He Withdraws Case Against NFF


The dust created by the resignation of former Super Eagles’ coach, Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh, may be settling at its own pace, going by recent developments.

Watchdog understands that Oliseh has withdrawn a lawsuit he instituted against the Nigerian Football Federation and has assured that he will appear before the House of Representatives.

The coach has refused to refrain from insisting that the NFF still owes him.

“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 N20m 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.

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 Februaryas the NFF claimed. He also presented evidence of footing the bill of Super Eagles’ feeding during camp in South Africa between January 5 and January 16, 2016.

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“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.

“What they found more important to them was trying to influence who plays for Nigeria; who gets invited; who will play,” Oliseh said. “Obviously, I refused because they are not coaches,”he said.

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