By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has dared the Nigeria Football Federation to sack him if they are not happy with his performance, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Oliseh has been under fire from his employers since the home-based Eagles were eliminated early from the 2016 African Nations Championship.
But the coach, who claimed that his CHAN team was undermined by poor welfare, defends his record since taking over from Stephen Keshi.
“A contract was made out, I signed a contract with the NFF; if you’re not happy about it OK we come out and shake hands,” Oliseh said in the second part pf an explosive YouTube video he posted online.
“But I will remind you that this is the 14th game I have been in charge of the Eagles. We have lost only two games with one an official game. So where is this failure that some people are trying to sell to Nigeria unless you mean Oliseh and his team must win every match.
“Even the current World champions Germany can’t boast that. We are still on track; we have qualified for the group stages of the World Cup and are in the running for the 2017 African Nations Cup.”
“In so many ways we are sad but it’s a question of opinion.”
“I’m sad and with such news of the impending sacking of the coach. We have not failed, my predecessor was judged after he failed to qualify for the Nations Cup.”
The former Ajax and Juventus star also insinuated that those calling for his sacking have ulterior motives.
He added: “I will not heed to those critics who keep hitting me to include their players in my team to sell them abroad. They want to make Nigerians feel we are not doing well. Nigerians are not gullible and for me the most intelligent set of people on the planet.
“What I find most annoying is that these ex-colleagues who now sit to criticise were just not the real actors who made the Eagles tick way back. Now they are doing the same thing sitting down to criticise. They should continue and try to get us out to get your person in so you can manipulate them.
“They should go for coaching courses or pick up coaching jobs.
“I didn’t want this job. I rejected it twice and I took the job after intense persuasion of an influential friend in government.
“You’re not only hurting me, your also hurting my coaches and my players. You are also hurting Nigerians too. If we start fighting each other and we don’t qualify for the Nations Cup and the World Cup what does that benefit us as a nation? I can understand initially when they said I never had an experience but we have not failed.
“My predecessors were judged after they failed to qualify for the Nations Cup.
“I pray that God bless our critics with the same way our critics wish us.”
Completespprtsnigeria.com learnt that Oliseh’s pay-off if he is sacked could be as much as his pay for three years, which could come down to as much as N180 million.