Mamelodi Sundowns Unveil New 2016/17 PUMA Kit

Ahead of their CAF Champions League final Group B match against Enyimba of Nigeria next week, Mamelodi Sundowns have unveiled their new home and away jersey.
The 2015/16 Absa Premiership and Telkom Knockout Cup champions have parted ways with their technical sponsor, NIKE and have partnered with PUMA.
In a statement on the club’s official website, the side revealed that the new 2016/17 home and away football kit is inspired by Bafana Ba Style, a nickname reflecting the boldness and flair associated with a team that has won a record seven Premier Soccer League titles.
“PUMA is extremely proud to release the 2016/17 Mamelodi Sundowns kit”, said PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.
“The design of the kit and in particular the fabrication should allow the Team to perform at their Forever Faster best while continuing the tradition of Mamelodi Sundowns being the most stylish Team in the PSL.
“PUMA wishes the Team and Management all the best for the coming season, we are behind you all the way.”
On the other hand, the club’s Media Officer Thulani Thuswa said the club is excited by the partnership with PUMA.
“Together with our supporters we are extremely excited about this historic partnership with PUMA,” said Thuswa.
“We can expect top of the line high tech product, which will ensure our team’s continued dominance over our opponents on the pitch.
“Our supporters are also aexpecting to stay stylish, hence the phrase ‘Bafana Ba Style’.”
Meanwhile, it is announced that the home jersey will be available in stores from the 2nd of September and the Away shirt is available in October 2016 – both are selling for R699 at PUMA stores and select retailers nationwide.
The Tshwane giants have already booked a spot in the 2016 CAF Champions League semifinals; having clinched top spot in group B.
They will first be spotted in their new kit when they meet SuperSport United in the MTN8 Cup quarterfinals on August 28, at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Jay Jay’ Okocha Warns Olympic Team: You Can’t Be Rich Playing For Nigeria

Former Nigeria skipper Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has warned the country’s Olympic team in Rio they cannot become rich simply by playing for Nigeria. Money problems have marred the team’s march to the semi- finals of the Rio Olympics, just as they did two years ago when the Super Eagles also held the country to ransom before they were paid appearance bonuses also in Brazil. Okocha, who clocked 43 years on Sunday, has now told the latest edition of the Dream Team they should rather be proud they are representing Nigeria than hope to make money doing so. “You can’t get rich playing for Nigeria, you will get exposure and touch lives,” Okocha said as he marked his birthday with a visit to internally displaced people. “We have to look beyond match bonuses when playing for our country.” ‘Jay Jay’ recalled how his turning professional in Germany wiped out poverty from his family. “The decision to take the flight to Germany took away poverty from my family,” he recounted. Okocha, who won Olympic Gold in 1996 and featured at three World Cups, played for Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), PSG (France), Fenerbache (Turkey), Bolton, Hull City (England) and in Qatar before he finally quit the game.

NFF Clinches $1.5m Bond From NNPC For Foreign Coach

Broke Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) can now appoint a new foreign coach for the country after they successfully secured a $1.5 million bond from the government- owned oil corporation NNPC, AfricanFootball.com can specially report. The government has made it clear it will not assist financially the NFF’s quest to hire an expatriate coach for the Super Eagles ahead of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but could approve such appointment if the federation could guarantee the payment of such a coach. “The NFF now have a bond of $1.5 million from NNPC and so they can employ a foreign coach,” a top official told AfricanFootball. com “The federation owing coaches their salaries will now be history.” Frenchman Paul le Guen, Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet and the country’s caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf have been shortlisted for the Super Eagles top post. The NFF said the successful coach will now be announced on July 18. Nigeria are drawn in a tough World Cup qualifying group that has
Africa’s No 1 team Algeria, nine-time World Cup finalists Cameroon and 2012 African champions Zambia.
They begin their qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 on October 3 in Zambia.

I Want Eagles Job Because I Will Qualify Nigeria To World Cup – Yusuf

Nigeria caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf has told AfricanFootball. com he applied for the Super Eagles top post because he believes he can qualify the country to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Yusuf recently won two friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg and he has now said he is convinced that under him Nigeria can go past a difficult qualifying group that has Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia. “If I were not convinced that I can qualify Nigeria to the next World Cup, I would not have applied for the post,” the former Enyimba and Kano Pillars coach maintained. “I have a good relationship with the players right from when I was the assistant to Stephen Keshi and I believe we can continue to have a good working relationship built on trust and respect with me as head coach.” He continued: “No doubt, we have found ourselves in a very tough qualifying group, but I am
also positive we can win this group with the right preparation, support and attitude. “We must first and foremost believe in ourselves. If we don’t, we could as well stay out of the qualifiers. “My contacts in Europe have already supplied me recent tapes of matches involving all our group opponents and I have already begun to study them and take down vital notes. “This is a Nigeria project and we must all come together to surmount this challenge.”

Bribe Scandal Rocks Nigeria’s Olympics Football Team

By Jubril TAHIRU Barely two months to the Olympics games in Brazil the nation’s football team is enmeshed in an alleged bribe scandal involving players and the Coach, Mr. Samson Siasia. It was alleged that the coach must have collected money from players who are not fit to wear the nation’s colours in Brazil to the detriment of those who are seen to be in form to prosecute the Rio Olympics project. It is therefore disturbing that after winning several medals in football events for Nigeria both at the age group levels, the Olympics and the senior national team, Samson Siasia popularly regarded in the media circle as the world Cup coach, is now in the eyes of the storm over the alleged bribe. Siasia loved by many and tipped to be the next national team coach following the unceremonious exist of Sunday Oliseh has again begin to go the way of his predecessors. With barely 48 days to the Rio Olympics, Siasia surprised not only his critics but his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation NFF by releasing the names of 35 players he intended to use to prosecute the Rio Olympics Football event. To many discerning minds, especially the Nigeria Football Federation NFF technical committee, headed by Barrister Chris Green, Siasia’s 35 man list did not pass through their screening before getting the approval of the NFF egg heads, for the new list that he is taking to the Olympic. In an Olympics events that Nigeria who won bronze medal at the last Olympics are looking forward to winning a gold medal in Rio, Siasia was accused by the NFF technical committee of dropping top footballers who would make Nigeria proud and instead brought in his cronies who he was alleged to have collected monies from them to put them in the national team. This is not the first time the issue of Samson Siasia and other former national coaches cases of allegations of bribery has come to the fore, but Coach Samson Siasia’s case has been a re-occurring decimal anytime he is called upon to handle a national assignment. The relationship between him and the sporting press has kept him going but on Tuesday last week, that relationship went sour following the reports of the technical committee of the NFF that he has allegedly droped players who would make the country proud at the expense of those who paid him to wear the national colours. According to a close source of the technical committee who spoke to nationalTrial in Abuja, the issue of the sacking of coach Samson Siasia was top of the agenda of their meeting after seeing the list of the 35 players he released for the Olympics project but what saved him was that Nigeria is yet to have a foreign coach and the Olympics games is barely two months away. Reports reaching nationalTrials is that win or lose at the Olympics, Siasia will again get the hammer of the Nigeria Football Federation and this may be his last romance with any of the national teams. But if one may ask, what again does Siasia need collecting money from players for on each occasion he has won these laurels for Nigeria, he was highly rewarded. Meanwhile, the Technical Committee of the NFF has granted him favour to travel to the United States of America on June 29th for a training camp where they will play friendlies with the United States and Mexico before moving to Rio for the Olympics. Though dissatisfied with the level of his preparedness, the Nigeria Football Federation has said they will give him all the necessary assistance to succeed but
U23 players in training
what is paramount now is that win or lose at the Olympics, that maybe the end of Samson Siasia with any of the national teams. As Nigerians await the outcome of the Football event at the Rio Olympics, Coach Samson Siasia indeed remains in the eyes of the storm. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation NFF has finally fixed the sixteen round of federation cup to hold on the 6th and 7th of July 2016 across some zones in the country. The fate of this year’s federation
cup was already hanging in the balance following the withdrawal of some major sponsors particularly, coca-cola who withdraw some years back. But the Federation cup executive secretary Emmanuel Adesanya has said all is now set for the round of sixteen to kick off in the six geographical zones as from the 6th and 7th of July. Meanwhile, pairing of the teams released from the competition department of the NFF shows that only one away team win qualified them for the Quarter finals.

2016 Olympics: Is Nigeria On Another Wild Goose Chase?

It is yet another Olympics year and participating countries from across the globe will converge in RIO De Jeinairo, Brazil to compete for honours in the various Olympics sports events.
For Nigeria, the nation is once again set to fly the national flag in Brazil despite their shambolic outing at the London Olympics four years ago where Nigeria performed woefully without a medal to show for all the tax payers money expended on Team Nigeria preparatory to the games through their camping, the qualifiers and the main events.
The only difference this time however is that compared to the London Olympics, while athletes enjoyed their camping and participated in all the qualifiers for the events on that occasion, the exact opposite is that this time as all the Federations are bedeviled with absence of funds for their preparations well ahead of the games.
While most of the Federations have no funds to camp their athletes for the participating events, other Federations who sourced their funds from only God knows where are handicapped when it comes to funding their trips for the various qualifying events across Africa.
As the dark cloud continue to hang on Nigeria’s participation at the Olympics games in Brazil, many followers of government attitudes towards our sports development are divided over what they termed as the insensitiveness of past governments to funding of major sporting events while others blame it on the corrupt attitude of our sports administrators who lined their pockets with money made for such events, putting the Federations at their mercies.
Of note is the recent rumours emanating from the Ministry of Youth and Sports that President Buhari has told the Minister of Youth and Sports Development and his Permanent Secretary to account for the N2.8 billion he had approved for the All African Games and the Olympics preparations before any further funds can be approved fo them.
While some argued that in the Civil Service parlance, approval are different from releases, others maintained that the said N2.8 Billion was released to the National Sports Commission, NSC under the then Director General, Alhassan Yakmut who was recently redeployed to the Ministry of Niger Delta Development as the Director of Special Duties following the rummoured scrapping of the NSC by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF).
Following these accusations and counter accusations, the Federations are incapacitated and are at a crossroad on where else to run to for funds to prosecute their camping and qualifiers.
With some sports loving Nigerians of the opinion that President Buhari should no longer release any more funds for the Olympics, bearing in mind that the time frame left between now and June when the games gets underway in RIO and with little or no preparation, Nigeria would be worst for it. Compared to what transpired at the London Olympics where the team was well prepared but performed woefully without a medal to show for it.
One enthusiast of Nigerian sports who have been monitoring the funding controversies as they unfold confided to nationalTrail Sports that if a well prepared Team Nigeria to the London Olympics could not come home with a medal an ill prepared team Nigeria to the RIO Olympics would be worse and may not return home with even a spoon.
According to him, I think Nigeria should forget going to RIO Olympics let the money meant for that Jamboree be channeled towards the development of athletes for future Olympics where our athletes would be well prepared with some medals hopeful.
On the other side, proponent of must be at the Olympics in RIO argued that what will be the fate of athletes who have laboured through sheer determination and empty stomach to qualified for their events without government assistance.
On the whole, if the government agreed for the Nations flag to fly in RIO, we must first go back to the basics and find out what really went wrong with our preparations for the Olympics.
President Buhari with his anticorruption agency must get to the roofs of what happened to the N2.8 billion meant for the All Africa Games and the preparation for the Olympics Games by asking the Ministry of Sports to account for the money.
Again, as at the time of releasing that money, a Minister of Sports was not in place, so it behoves on the Permanent Secretary and the Director General of the National Sports Commission, NSC to tell Nigerians how the money was disbursed to the extent that none was left to prosecute preparations for the Olympics.
President Buhari should also come out openly to clear the air on the true position of the NSC merger with the Sports Ministry or otherwise because the NSC is the engine room of the sports development in the country and without the technical experts at the NSC, what will Nigeria be taking to Brazil?

Decay In Abuja National Stadium Worries Minister

By Jibril TAIRU, Abuja
When recently the Minster of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung invited the Nigeria media to whom he had not hidden his destruct and dislike since assuming office in October last year to a press conference at the Conference Hall of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, many had thought it was another avenue of pouring out his usual tirades on critics of successive sports administrators.
But alas, what transpired at the conference was not only mind bogging and revealing but a reminder of an age long history of the country’s insensitiveness to our national monuments and the lack of maintenance culture.
On hands were consultants from a firm of Maysun Construction Company to show the media video slides of what have become the rot that has eaten deep into the first Nigeria National Stadium, Lagos which was constructed in 1972.
The 55 thousand capacity stadium which was once the cynosure of all eyes and has hosted major continental and international competitions was a shadow of itself as almost all the facilities in the edifice has not only become dilapidated but near collapse due to lack of maintenance.
On that occasion, Dalung Pointed out the inability of successive administrators to maintain the structures due to lack of continuity and the urge to write their names in gold as architect of new projects instead of maintaining the existing near dilapidated and abandoned ones.
He was of the opinion that in line with the change mantra of the present administration, he will not
Dilapidated state of the Abuja National Stadium
embark on any elephant project while the existing ones continue to suffer neglect pointing out that all the government owned stadia facilities are near collapse and need urgent turn around maintenance and renovation.
Dalung maintained that as a Nigerian and as an athlete who had once competed at the national stadium in Lagos, he felt pained to see what has become the fate of the old national stadium and have decided to pay more attention to bring it and others alike back to their old glory instead of embarking on projects he could not complete due to the short tenure of ministerial appointees and lack of continually that has become the bane of successive governments.
While blaming the rot in our national monuments on the insensitivity of past leaders, Dalung also blamed the commercialization of such venture without a corresponding utilsation of accruing resource to their maintenance.
Another reason for such decay in the system, Dalung pointed out was the lack of public private partnership in the development of sports and sporting facilities.
While promising to engage the private sector in his desire to see the Lagos national stadium regain its old center of attraction, Dalung said government alone cannot continue to fund sports while allowing multi National Corporations in the country not to live up to their social responsibilities to the nation.
The issue of non public/ private partnership in the development of sports therefore brings us to the issue of the edifice called the Abuja National Stadium.
Constructed and handed over to the Nigerian government on yet to be ascertained proper cost by construction giant, Julius Berger ahead of the 2003 All Africa Games held in Nigeria, the Abuja National Stadium boasts of sporting facilities second to only South Africa has hosted many continental and international championships alike but since hosting the 2003 All African Games the issue of maintenance of the stadium has continued to generate serious controversy. First, it was given back to Julius Berger for maintenance but it was wrestled out of their grip by those in authorities for what they perceived as over bearing cost of maintenance being given to the government and the Ministry of Sports by Julius Berger.
Today not much success has being achieved by the Sport Ministry in the areas of maintenance as the facilities continued to suffer neglect despite the fact that billions of naira has gone down the drain as maintenance cost for running the stadium.
A visit to the once lush green grass training pitch at the stadium handed over to the Ministry by Julius Berger has turned into a desert like playing field and other facilities at the stadium are now rusting away due to inactivity or lack of usage and maintenance.
While many are calling on the government to return the edifice to Julius Berger to continue the maintenance agreement, those in authority who are beneficiaries of monthly maintenance cost coming from the government with which they used to line their pockets in order to continue to live their ostentatious lifestyles have continued to pay lip services and if nothing is drastically done as a matter of urgency to redress the situation, the Abuja stadium will soon go the way of National Stadium, Lagos.
But what many in authorities do not know and have failed to find out is that the stadium was not built to their own specifications, but to the specifications of Julius Berger in order to meet the international standards.
Built in that stadium are lock- up shops and suites which can be privatized as a source of revenue for the maintenance of the stadium, but since completion, all the state of the arts facilities are lying waste and fallow as government continued to bear their cost of maintenance which were never carried out.
The ticketing and reservation areas as well as the car parks are beginning to rust away as most of the continental and international matches which could attract tickets sales and car stickers as a source of revenue for the maintenance of facilities at the stadium are taken outside the federal capital as matches involving our national teams are taken to states where the NFF goes cap soliciting.
Recently, in 2014, the main bowl of the National Stadium have began to play host to centenary anniversary celebration and week back, play host to a religious crusade and all those will soon begin to mount pressure on the synthetic grasses and the Tartan tracks and before you know it, they will begin to take their toll on the stadium it is hoped that Dalung with his new vision of paying more attention to renovating existing facilities instead of embarking on a new one will be able to stand his ground and put a stop to the ongoing happenings at the National Stadium in Abuja in order to avoid the decay that has become of the old national stadium in Lagos.
The Minister and his team should as a matter of urgency begin to engage public, private ownership of our government owned stadium to avoid the rots that has become part of our national monuments due to our lack of culture of maintenance so that the impending danger of decay at the Abuja National Stadium can be averted.

Ronaldo Needs Freedom, He’s Not A Striker – Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti considers Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo to be the greatest forward in the history of football, but suggested he needs a free role to be at his best.
Ronaldo has faced some criticism this season, particularly for his performances in matches away from the Santiago Bernabeu, despite scoring 40 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions for Madrid.
The Portuguese was beaten to the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award by Barcelona great Lionel Messi in January, losing out after winning the accolade for 2013 and 2014 while coached by Ancelotti
The Italian, who will take charge at Bayern Munich next season, says Ronaldo will not produce his best results if used as a central striker, despite receiving praise from Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane for his performance in the position in the 4-0 win overRoma in the Champions League on March 8.
“He is one of the best players ever, the best forward in the history of football. I have never coached a better player than him,” Ancelotti wrote in his column for Sina Sports.
“There is an offensive position that is not the best for Cristiano Ronaldo – the centre-forward role.”Cristiano did not like playing with his back to goal, he prefers to find space on the flanks and attack the opposition goal.
“Cristiano will always be able to find his place, because he has a special talent for getting around the pitch.”[Under me] the team played a 4-3-3 with Cristiano starting on the left wing, but we soon found out he needed more freedom to cover more of the pitch and be where the action was.
“We’d often see Cristiano on the two attacking wings and even as a playmaker. Cristiano has to have total freedom so that he is able to believe in what he can do. Giving Cristiano freedom in attack is positive because it makes him even more unpredictable.
“To ensure that his team-mates offer him the best support possible, he has to feel as though he is free at every moment and in any part of the pitch.”

RIO Olympics: Is Nigeria On A Wild Goose Chase?

It is yet another Olympics year and participating countries from across the globe will converge in RIO De Jeinairo, Brazil to compete for honours in the various Olympics sports events.
For Nigeria, the nation is once again set to fly the national flag in Brazil despite their shambolic outing at the London Olympics four years ago where Nigeria performed woefully without a medal to show for all the tax payers money expended on Team Nigeria preparatory to the games through their camping, the qualifiers and the main events.
The only difference this time however is that compared to the London Olympics, while athletes enjoyed their camping and participated in all the qualifiers for the events on that occasion, the exact opposite is that this time as all the Federations are bedeviled with absence of funds for their preparations well ahead of the games.
While most of the Federations have no funds to camp their athletes for the participating events, other Federations who sourced their funds from only God knows where are handicapped when it comes to funding their trips for the various qualifying events across Africa.
As the dark cloud continue to hang on Nigeria’s participation at the Olympics games in Brazil, many followers of government attitudes towards our sports development are divided over what they termed as the insensitiveness of past governments to funding of major sporting events while others blame it on the corrupt attitude of our sports administrators who lined their pockets with money made for such events, putting the Federations at their mercies.
Of note is the recent rumours emanating from the Ministry of Youth and Sports that President Buhari has told the Minister of Youth and Sports Development and his Permanent Secretary to account for the N2.8 billion he had approved for the All African Games and the Olympics preparations before any further funds can be approved for them.
While some argued that in the Civil Service parlance, approval are different from releases, others maintained that the said N2.8 Billion was released to the National Sports Commission, NSC under the then Director General, Alhassan Yakmut who was recently redeployed to the Ministry of Niger Delta Development as the Director of Special Duties following the rummoured scrapping of the NSC by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HOSF).
Following these accusations and counter accusations, the Federations are incapacitated and are at a crossroad on where else to run to for funds to prosecute their camping and qualifiers.
With some sports loving Nigerians of the opinion that President Buhari should no longer release any more funds for the Olympics, bearing in mind that the time frame left between now and June when the games gets underway in RIO and with little or no preparation, Nigeria would be worst for it. Compared to what transpired at the London Olympics where the team was well prepared but performed woefully without a medal to show for it.
One enthusiast of Nigerian sports who have been monitoring the funding controversies as they unfold confided to nationalTrail Sports that if a well prepared Team Nigeria to the London Olympics could not come home with a medal an ill prepared team Nigeria to the RIO Olympics would be worse and may not return home with even a spoon.
According to him, I think Nigeria should forget going to RIO Olympics let the money meant for that Jamboree be channeled towards the development of athletes for future Olympics where our athletes would be well prepared with some medals hopeful.
On the other side, proponent of must be at the Olympics in RIO argued that what will be the fate of athletes who have laboured through sheer determination and empty stomach to qualified for their events without government assistance.
On the whole, if the government agreed for the Nations flag to fly in RIO, we must first go back to the basics and find out what really went wrong with our preparations for the Olympics.
President Buhari with his anticorruption agency must get to the roofs of what happened to the N2.8 billion meant for the All Africa Games and the preparation for the Olympics Games by asking the Ministry of Sports to account for the money.
Again, as at the time of releasing that money, a Minister of Sports was not in place, so it behoves on the Permanent Secretary and the Director General of the National Sports Commission, NSC to tell Nigerians how the money was disbursed to the extent that none was left to prosecute preparations for the Olympics.
President Buhari should also come out openly to clear the air on the true position of the NSC merger with the Sports Ministry or otherwise because the NSC is the engine room of the sports development in the country and without the technical’s at the NSC what will Nigeria be taking to Brazil?

Oliseh Saga: Nigerians Deserve Apology From Pinnick

When in the
early hours
of Friday
February
19, the news
started filtering in through
the social media that the self
styled self acclaimed ‘’pep
Guardiola’’ of Nigeria, Coach
Sunday Oliseh has resigned
his appointment as the coach
of Nigeria national team, the
Super Eagles, it did not come
to many followers of his nine
months at the helm of affairs
as Super Eagles coach as a
surprise but an action that was
long overdue.
What came to many
followers of Nigeria football as a
surprise is the way and manner
Oliseh took to ridiculing his
employers, the Nigeria Football
Federation NFF by resigning
his appointment through
an E-mail for the job he had
always claimed he was begged
to accept.
Since his assumption as the
national team coach, Oliseh has
never hidden his disdain for
those who gave him the job for
either their alleged primitive
mode of administration or
lack of transparency in their
dealings with him.
He was always quick to
express his grievances through
the social media that his
expectations were not met, his
team not well motivated, or his
salaries not paid as at when due
as factors responsible for his
short comings.
But in all of these, the egg
heads at the Nigeria Football
Federation, NFF who brought
him without subjecting him
to public scrutiny about his
experience as a coach or his
state of mind kept bold face,
deciding instead to bury their
heads in shame by pretending
to be giving him time to make
amend or change his attitude in
order to avoid the time bomb
that would have exploded
if Nigeria fail to qualify for
AFCON 2017 in Gabon.
It is no longer news that
when Oliseh was appointed,
many Nigerians had come
out openly to express their
doubt over his capacity to
take Nigeria Football out of
its slumbers.
Prominent among them
was former super Eagles
interim coach to the World
Cup and a member of the
Confederation of African
Football, CAF and Federation
of International Football
Associations, FIFA, Adeboye
Oningbinde.
While some pretended
to be in support of Oliseh
by pleading for more time
for him to enable him build
a formidable Super Eagles,
Onigbinde openly expressed
his reservations about
Oliseh not only for his lack
of experience as a coach
but for his antecedents as
the rebellions captain of the
super Eagles that cost Nigeria
the Mali 2002 Nations cup
victory.
When Oliseh failed to
take the Super Eagles beyond
the first round at the 2016
Africa Nations Cup CHAN
in Rwanda, his former team
mate and Personal Assistant,
Tijani Babangida as well as
NFF Technical Committee
Chairman, Barrister Chris
Green rose in stout defence
of their master and anointed
God son.
According to Babangida,
the failure at CHAN
notwithstanding, Oliseh is the
right man to lead the Super
Eagles stressing that there are
a lot of potentials in the team
that the people would soon
begin to witness.
On his part, Green said
Oliseh has a great lesson from
the failure at CHAN and
promised that the federation
will give Oliseh all the needed
support as they look forward
to beat Egypt ahead of
AFCON 2017 but not the fire
spitting Adeboye Oningbinde
who blamed all the atrocities
of Oliseh as the Coach of the
Super Eagles on the Nigeria
Football Federation, NFF.
In the aftermath of Oliseh’s
youtube drama where
he took his frustration
on the NFF, the media,
his backroom staff and
Nigerians describing them
as insane for criticizing him
over his failure at CHAN,
Oningbinde described
Oliseh’s outbursts as a
distraction for his technical
crew and his players ahead
of the AFCON qualifiers
against Egypt.
Oningbinde who said a
lot factors should have been
considered before Oliseh’s
appointment as Eagles head
coach regretted that he had
never seen a situation where
an employee lambasts his
employers.
“Oliseh is on contract and
whether that contract allows
him to do what he is doing,
I wouldn’t know, what
I find ridiculous is the
embarrassment this is
causing the image of Nigeria.
“Again that is not his fault,
it is the fault of the system,
before he was employed, was
his state of health considered;
has it reflected in his
performance? Was his levy
of experience considered
before he was employed, so
all these blames cannot be
placed on him”, he stated.
So if according to
Oningbinde, all these
factors were not considered
before he was employed why
then has NFF kept mute
and refused to apologize
to Nigerians whose state
of mind Amaju Pinnick
and his cronies at the Glass
House have played with for
this nine tortuous months of
Oliseh at the helm of affairs
of the super Eagles.
Olisehs’ first sign of
arrogance and rebellion
began to rear its ugly head
when he was involved in a
confrontation with super
Eagles goalkeeper and
captain, Vincent Enyeama
whom he forced alongside
Emmanuel Emenike to
retire from international
football because of his
uncompromising attitudes.
This was to be followed by
series of uncompromising
attitudes towards the NFF
technical committee and
his refusal to play the
forthcoming AFCON
qualifiers against Egypt in
Kaduna and his youtube
insults on Nigerians before
his aggravated resignation
via an E-mail without
recourse to procedures.
In all of these, the NFF
has kept bold face and has
refused to bury their heads
in shame and despite their
magnanimity to pay off
Oliseh all his outstanding
salaries, he has threatened
to take NFF to court to seek
redress.
Oliseh’s resignation having
put the NFF in a dilemma
over what would become
the fate of Nigerians at the
AFCON qualifiers making
them to make a u turn to
go back to their prodigal
son, Samson Siasia for a
rescue mission to salvage an
impending disaster of not
qualifying for Gabon.
NFF President, Amaju
Pinnick who has put Nigeria
where they are today tend
to compound an already
bad situation by making a
statement in far away United
States of America that the
road is now closed on local
coaches.
This brings us to the
question of why closing
doors on local coaches
after Oliseh has deceived
your intellect, making you
to appoint local coaches to
salvage the situation.
Was Amaju right in his
choice of words or was
he saying it to remove the
shame he has brought on
himself, the NFF and the
entire Nigerians?
If the answer is in the
affirmative, let him be bold
enough, to swallow his
shame and apologize to
Nigerians for taking them
for a ride and if it is in the
opposite, let him come
out to tell Nigerians what
become of the local coaches
after success or failure of the
AFCON qualifier