Former Nigerian captain, Vincent Enyeama, is set to return to the Super Eagles fold after the resignation of Coach Sunday Oliseh as the team’s gaffer.
An NFF source who spoke to us on condition of anonymity said the NFF will swiftly move to bring back players who were forced to retire from international football because of the poor man management of the football analyst turned coach.
Lille of France goalie and Nigeria’s most capped player, Enyeama was forced to retire from international football after an altercation with Oliseh. After his retirement last October, striker Emmanuel Emenike followed suit.
Oliseh, announced his resignation on Twitter. He said he took the decision due to the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to honour the terms of his contract.
“Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach,” he tweeted.
He thanked Nigerians for the opportunity of serving as the coach of the team in a preceding tweet before announcing his resignation.
“I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria.”
Oliseh, whose appointment was made with much fanfare by the NFF, soon started having problems with the executives of the federation over remuneration, match tactics and results.
His complaint about being owed was not well received by the NFF, which rather threatened to sanction him.
He also had challenges managing the players. An altercation between the coach and the team’s former captain and the country’s most capped goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, led to the goalie’s premature resignation from the team last October.
Apparently, the last straw for Oliseh was the woeful outing of the Super Eagles at the CHAN competition in Rwanda, where the team were eliminated in the first round.
Following widespread criticisms that greeted the team’s elimination, a Youtube video soon surfaced in which Oliseh lambasted his critics, referring to them as “insane”.
On Thursday, the NFF directed Oliseh to henceforth report to former coach and the NFF’s technical director, Amodu Shuaibu.
The NFF is yet to respond to his resignation.