Amaju Pinnick Blasts Sports Minister over Claims of ‘Instability in NFF’


The Nigeria Football Federation has lashed out at the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung over his recent claims of instability in the NFF following the resignation for Super Eagles’ coach Sunday Oliseh.

Last Friday, Dalung had apologized to Nigerians in a comments via his official twitter handle, over the sad events of poor communication between NFF and former Eagles coach Oliseh, which eventually led to his quit.

“I must apologize to Nigerians for the instability in NFF, however we must admit that all is not well and something must be urgently done,” Dalung tweeted on Friday.

“Let me assure Nigerians that my unwavering commitments to restructure the sport architecture which provide artificial satisfaction to us.

“The drama in football industry is part of the decay we face where there is no national interest except selfish and personal interests.

“If you have a rotten finger you cannot cut it off but continue with treatment hoping for a cure.

“You don’t impose a willing servant on an unwilling master, so if Oliseh had resigned then there’s nothing any body can do,” he noted.

But irked NFF fired back at the minister in bid to put records straight on their relationship with the erstwhile Super Eagles coach, insisting his appointment went through due process.

“We find it strange though that, after complaints of non -payment, Mr.Oliseh waited to receive monies owed him before resigning,” NFF said in a statement.

“Two days before his resignation, he had passionately appealed that we unite as one force to fight the battle on the football field with the Egyptian national team. We had no idea he was selling a dummy.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Mr. Sunday Oliseh RESIGNED and was not SACKED. We bear no grudges against the coach and wish him well in his future endeavours.

“We have heard strange talk of “instability in NFF.” How can there be instability in NFF simply because an employee chose to resign?.

“The Executive Board of the NFF has resolved to accept his resignation and has responsibly gone ahead to accept the recommendation of the Technical Committee in replacing him temporarily with competent coaches.

“We have now moved swiftly beyond the issue of the resignation of Coach Oliseh and like responsible business -minded administrators we are now thinking about the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, with the immediate business being the hosting of the Egyptian national team in Kaduna and playing them in Egypt towards the end of next month.

“We thank the teeming patriotic supporters of the Super Eagles, seek your forgiveness if we have done any wrong, ask for your understanding of the very difficult financial situation under which we are working and above all request your continued support and prayers,” he concluded.

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