By Adeboye Amosu:
Second division Dutch club Fortuna Sittard have expressed satisfaction that they have so far been able to clear the allegation of engaging in illegal activities levelled against the club by their former coach, for Nigeria star Sunday Oliseh, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Oliseh, a member of Nigeria’s 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad was suspended by Fortuna Sittard last month.
The club claimed at that time that he was suspended over actions not related to on-field performance.
But Oliseh in his defence stated that his refusal to participate in illegal activities at the club led to his indefinite suspension.
The former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder then petitioned the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) to seek redress on the matter.
“Yesterday the office of the KNVB in Zeist looked into the arbitration case between Fortuna Sittard and Sunday Oliseh,” the club stated on their official website on Wednesday.
“The case was filed by the non-active Oliseh to force a return as the trainer at the club. The board of Fortuna Sittard, through chairman Isitan Gün, say they are satisfied with the course of the case so far.
“The matter is that Mr. Oliseh wants to return in his position as trainer. It looks as if a return is no longer possible, as the Arbitration Board pointed out last night. That makes us cautiously positive.
“We were able to refute, with convincing evidence, the allegations that Oliseh and his counselor put on the table. And they have not come up with any evidence that could reinforce their case with documents. It has just been words. We have always been transparent to the KNVB and we are also subjected to audits by an independent party. If we had been engaged in illegal activities, this would have already emerged. That is not the case.
”The allegations, especially those on illegal practices, are all meant to be a smokescreen, to derive from the core of this arbitration case: the return desired by Mr. Oliseh and the inadmissible action in his position as head coach that stands in the way. That seems over. We therefore have every confidence that we will be able to bring the case to a favorable conclusion by our evidence.”