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Oliseh’s Appointment, NFF’s Worst Fraud – Izilein

Posted: Mar 16, 2016 at 1:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Steve Oma-Ofozor, Lagos

Godwin Izilein, former Golden Eaglets handler, has berated the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the appointment of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles coach, saying it was the worst fraud ever committed by the football house. His stance is premised on the fact that the NFF action toyed with the intelligence of Nigerians on the appointment.

Izilein said that the appointment was the worst ever by the NFF under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick, because it was shrouded with lots of irregularities and financial frauds.
“The worst fraud that the NFF under Pinnick has ever committed on Nigerians is the appointment of Sunday Olise as the Super Eagles coach. Nobody was carried along, NFF president only met with him at a bar in London and announce to Nigerians, Oliseh will be the Guardiola of Africa.
“This is a man that has never coached any known club in his life. So, what was the yardstick for measuring his competence physically and mentally?” Izilein queried.
It is on record that past local coaches that were appointed for the Super Eagles have always complained about moral and financial neglect from the NFF, but Oliseh’s was given a “VIP” treatment. His N5 million monthly salary was allegedly paid upfront for three months, a development that made the then Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amunike, to raise alarm over his unpaid salaries for months even as he
was cruising fine with the team.
Izilein condemned the practice and said it was fraudulent, bias and wasteful as Oliseh does not have the coaching credentials to enjoy such benefits.
“Amodu Shaibu was appointed for Eagles, NFF owed him, Christian Chukwu was there, NFF owed him, Stephen Keshi was there, the same thing happened, Austin Eguavoen others too, it was same story. What made Oliseh special that he got all the upfront payment? Such treatment is suspicious and nothing more than fraud, bias and wasteful spending.”
Invariably, Oliseh on his resignation denied the story on the social media that he was never paid upfront by the NFF after his unveiling in July 2015.
“When it comes to money, I am disappointed because based on what I’m being owed I should have stopped working, my assistants should also stop working. They make people think I was paid in advance, which is not so and am still waiting to be paid. The only thing is that I just decided not to go public with it,” Oliseh said.