Former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh has threatened to sue his former employers, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over defamation surrounding the controversial ₦20 million for salaries and rent for his time as the national team head Coach.
Oliseh who confirmed his resignation was officially communicated 11:01pm on Thursday stressed that neither him nor his Assistant; Jean Francois Losciuto, had received any payments.
Speaking with footballlive.ng, the former Super Eagles captain berated the manner the NFF handled the news suggesting to the public that he resigned upon receiving ‘his pay for job done.’
After just seven months on the job, Oliseh resigned from his post, claiming “contract violations, lack of support, and unpaid wages.”
Oliseh has had a rocky relationship with the NFF over the past few months. According to reports in Africa, the 41-year-old found out about his country’s attempts to replace him with now-Morrocco manager Herve Renard, a breach of the NFF’s contract with Oliseh and a move ironically similar to the reason his predecessor Stephen Keshi was fired by the NFF. It will be recalled that the NFF fired Keshi after his name turned up on a short list of contenders to potentially take over from Herve Renard as coach of the Ivory Coast national team. At the time, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire said the NFF would open a full investigation to determine whether or not Keshi had indeed applied for the job.
Sunday Oliseh told the BBC on Friday that he resigned as Nigeria head coach because he felt “as though I was not only playing against our opponents but also against my own federation.”
Days ago, his top assistant Tijani Babangida was fired despite his pleas. Oliseh has also complained of unpaid wages, which now reportedly sit at four months.
Oliseh also claimed that a lack of funds has hindered his ability to execute his job, including an inability to watch Nigerian players who play overseas.
Oliseh’s resignation letter read, “Due to your contractual violations, the interest of the nation necessitates that I tender my resignation and recourse to the termination of our working agreement.” The former Nigerian international also claimed that housing in the Nigerian capital of Abuja was promised to him but never provided, a reason he had to operate from Belgium most of the time.