Head Coach of the Nigerian football national team, the Super Eagles, Mr. Sunday Oliseh has announced his resignation from the team.
Sunday Oliseh who announced his resignation via his official twitter handle just over seven months after he was appointed stated several reasons why he was making the decision.
In the tweets seen by Osun Defender, Oliseh said “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.”
We would bring you more details as they emerge.
Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh will on Friday appear before the technical committee of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to defend his choice of players for the double-header against the Pharaohs of Egypt next month.
Oliseh will be appearing before the technical committee for the first time since the committee resigned over his behaviour before upturning their decision, and will also discuss his game plan for the games.
Nigeria will welcome group leaders Egypt to Kaduna on Friday, March 25, before a reverse fixture in Egypt two days later.
The Eagles training camp for the AFCON qualifiers is expected to open with players from the domestic league two weeks to the home game in Kaduna.
CHAN Eagles midfielder Usman Mohammed has joined Portuguese club Associacao Desportiva Sanjoanense on a two-year contract.
According to his agent Pedro, Usman has subsequently been loaned out to first division Uniao Madiera, where he will play alongside compatriot Shehu Abdullahi.
The Sokoto-born star played for FC Taraba last season, before they got relegated.
Usman moves to Europe a free player after the League Management Company (LMC) declared Taraba players free following a huge backlog of salaries owed them by the Jalingo club.
He has been capped at U23 and full international levels by Nigeria.
Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh has agreed for the Super Eagles to play host to Egypt in the northern city of Kaduna in a crucial AFCON 2017 qualifier next month.
Oliseh had reportedly rejected Kaduna, arguing for the AFCON showdown to be played in Port Harcourt.
A source close to the Super Eagles trainer has however debunked such reports.
“Oliseh did not reject Kaduna. He only argued that he has won all his matches in Port Harcourt and may be it would have been better if the Eagles stayed put there. He was only rubbing minds with the top NFF officials,” revealed the source.
Kaduna was picked as venue for the clash against Egypt soon after a 2-0 home win there against Chad in June 2015, a month before Sunday Oliseh’s appointment.
Then Eagles skipper Vincent Enyeama had openly opposed the choice of Kaduna, saying it was not safe for the national team in the wake of attacks by the terrorists’ group Boko Haram.
The match will be played on March 23 with the return leg four days later in Egypt.
The Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans to have a hitch free match at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna when the Super Eagles battle the Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on March 23.
The football house says it is not planning to change the venue of the match despite indications that coach Sunday Oliseh wants the game to hold in Port Harcourt.
The clarification came from NFF Assistant Director, Media and Communication, Ademola Olajire on Thursday who stated clearly that the match will not be moved from the northern city.
“I want to tell you without mincing words that the Eagles versus Egypt match would take place in Kaduna and that is final as regards the venue of the match,” Olajire told reporters.
But when asked about coach’s request for the match to be played in Port Harcourt for easy connection of flights for the Super Eagles players coming from Europe, the NFF spokesman said the federation will not shift ground for the trainer.
“Well, what I can tell you is that the coach cannot tell the football federation where the match would be played. It is the prerogative of the NFF to pick match venues,” he said.
Nigeria rose up three spots to 63rd place in the Fifa rankings released on Thursday, despite getting knocked out in the group stage of the 2016 African Nations Championship.
Sunday Oliseh’s men were ranked at number 66 in January and with the world football governing body considering the CHAN championship for their monthly rating, the Super Eagles moved up after gathering four points from three games played.
They are now the twelfth-ranked African side behind Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Algeria, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Congo, Egypt, DR Congo, Guinea and Cameroon.
Belgium remain atop the pile beating Argentina to the second position with reigning world champions Germany dropping to fourth place.
Former world champions Spain are unmoved at number three while Euro 2016 hosts France climbed up one place to the 24th spot.
The three most impressive teams for February’s ranking all come from Asia: Palestine (110, plus 21), Saudi Arabia (55, plus 20) and Korea DPR (95, plus 18) enjoyed the biggest advances since the last world ranking
It will be the battle of the Eagles today at the Stade de Kigali in Rwanda as Nigeria’s Super Eagles B tackle Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles in the second match of Group C.
An outright win by Nigeria will move them into the quarter –finals of the 4th African Nations Championship, to join hosts Rwanda and DR Congo who have qualified from Group B and Group A. Angola team have been eliminated already.
Centre referee for the Nigeria-Tunisia match will be Joshua Bondo from Botswana. He will be assisted by Oamogetse Godisamang, also from Botswana and Mothibidi Stevens Khumalo from South Africa.
Kick off for the crucial match will be 3pm Rwanda time, which is 2pm Nigerian time, according to CAF online. Niger and Guinea will play at 7pm.
Bronze medallists of the last edition, the Eagles started the championship with a 4-1 romp over Niger Republic and are expected to start on Friday from where they left off on Monday.
A hat –trick by Chisom Chikatara and one by Osas Okoro condemned the Mena to a poor start in the campaign, and shot the Eagles to top spot, after Tunisia and Guinea battled to a 2-2 draw.
The North Africans won the 2011 edition of the competition in Sudan five years ago.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is expected to start, with Etim Mathew, Kalu Orji, Stephen Eze and skipper Chima Akas in the defence, and Paul Onobi, Usman Mohammed and Ifeanyi Mathew in midfield. Osas Okoro, Chisoma Chikatara and Prince Aggrey are likely to be in attack for Nigeria.
A win will guarantee Nigeria’s place in the last eight, ahead of their last Group C match against Guinea in Gisenyi on Tuesday.