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We Support Oliseh’s Return To Europe – NFF

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 2:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuike Chukwu and Augustine Akhilomen –  Lagos


As Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has returned to Europe amidst report that the coach plans to work from abroad, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that it was aware of Oliseh’s return to Europe, averring that it was in support of the coach’s movement.

Oliseh (left) and Pinnick after their meeting in London on Wednesday

Oliseh (left) and Pinnick after their meeting in London on Wednesday

Speaking on Tuesday, head of NFF Technical Department, Felix Anyansi Agwu, said the federation gives its total support to Oliseh’s programmes and plans wherever such comes from.

“Oliseh, as you know, just signed his contract and he has gone back to Europe. You know he has a game against Tanzania very soon and most of his players are based in Europe; he has gone to make adequate arrangement both with the clubs and to also monitor these players.

“He didn’t go and lie down; he knows that he has a game, which is approaching so fast,” he said.

Continuing, Agwu said: “He has gone back to work from wherever he is working from. We support it; the federation is 100% in support of that. You know some of these players are on training tour with their clubs so we support his arrangement. We are in support of his movement and programmes, so you people should give him time to settle down.”

Meanwhile, Coach Oliseh has said that the NFF was fully in support of his programmes, asserting that he had a lengthy discussion with the NFF, where he was assured of support from the football governing body.

“I had a long discussion with them and they made it clear that they will support my programmes and I made it clear to them that I have to be in charge of managing the players and my coaching staff, and they accepted that.

“The good thing was that we mapped out everybody’s jurisprudence; where everybody has to work. We defined everybody’s area of specialisation; they welcomed it and I welcomed it.

“The issues were sorted out, so any of my programmes and plans are fully endorsed by them; even my movements are known to them.”

Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure that there is no clash of roles between NFF technical director, Shaibu Amodu, and Oliseh, the NFF has spelt out their job description

“I want to assure you that we would not allow friction between Amodu and Oliseh,” Ayansi said.

“Both men know their job responsibilities and the good thing is that they have worked together before, so I don’t envisage any kind of friction.

“Amodu was part of the interview process that brought Oliseh, so I think if he had an issue, he would have stated it.”