– Sport Minister Solomon Dalung says his timely intervention saved Oliseh’s job
– The minister has defended Oliseh’s outburst in the ‘YouTube videos
– The coach gave two instances when he begged the NFF not to sack Oliseh
A new revelation has been made of how the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung stopped the NFF from sacking Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh.
Oliseh came close to the sack after posting two video’s on Youtube in which he called his critics insane and criticized the NFF and its members.
The Minister who spoke yesterday at a media briefing in Abuja said after listening to both the NFF and Oliseh, and analysing the situation, he came to the conclusion that the matter was over blown.
The minster said begged the NFF not to sack Oliseh because after Nigeria defeated Niger 4 – 1 in the opening game of the 2016 African Nations Championship, the player became over confident which led to the abysmal showing in subsequent games.
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He said: “Let me tell you that the NFF and the coach even had problems with the venue of the match against Egypt. While the coach wanted Port Harcourt, the NFF wanted Kaduna. So when I waded in I let them understand that as the referee, I had the responsibility to mediate, so I appealed to them. “
“I told the federation that even as a novice, my own judgement of why we lost that match against Guinea is because after the 4-1 win over Niger, the players became overconfident. So I told them that they don’t need to sack the coach.
The minister also defended Oliseh’s outburst in the Youtube videos.
“They (NFF) brought the issue of YouTube where Oliseh was alleged to have insulted Nigerians and said he should be made to apologise,” Dalung said.
“I said YouTube? and wondered why Nigerians in the 21st Century are using YouTube to analyse someone’s behaviour, when in this era of technology, they can get the picture of a lady and use it to match their own and they will develop something and put on line.
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“I looked at that video and the quantum of how it was fluctuating convinced me that it was an act of manipulation. That is my judgment and I am free to hold this opinion.
“So after I spoke to Oliseh for about 16 minutes, I did not notice any bitterness in him. He was talking about issues we need to address and the NFF knows how he trained those players.
“So I told them to forget about sacking Oliseh for another coach whom they will equally sack when we play and lose to Egypt, then after sacking that one we will hunt for another coach that we will sack and then we also will sack the NFF because it is sack game,”
the minister concluded.
Meanwhile, the NFF has approved the sack of Tijani Babangida, the personal assistant to coach Sunday Oliseh.
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