The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has handed Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh a seven-day ultimatum to name journalists who he claimed requested money for positive reports about the team.
Oliseh, among other things in a video, claimed he was approached by some journalists for money in exchange for favourable stories about the coach.
“Our attention has been drawn to a recent statement credited to the Head Coach of the Super Eagles Mr.Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh that some members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) have been approaching him requesting for money to enable them write favourable reports for him, and that some are acting as agents requesting that he invites certain players to camp so that they can do business with them,” SWAN said in a press released signed by secretary Andrew Abah.
“The leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in its quest to ensure continous sanity in the profession, and for the purpose of the change mantra which is gradually revolving round every aspect of the economy, is requesting that the Head Coach names these journalists that approached him within the next seven days.
“This has become imperative considering the recent bashing the Sports Writers have been receiving from the NFF and its employees. It would be recalled that the NFF President only recently at the National Assembly took a swipe on the Sports Writers for being the brain behind their inabilities to secure sponsors for the Federation.
“Henceforth, SWAN would no longer fold its arms and watch people blame their misfortune on the Association. We have, as major stakeholders, contributed positively to the development of sports in the country, and would no longer tolerate people dragging SWAN in their maladministration technical ineptitude.
“We remain committed to sports development in Nigeria.”
It could be recalled that Oliseh was involved in a fracas with former captain Vincent Enyeama, a situation that force the Lille goalkeeper to announce his retirement from international football.