The long saga surrounding Sunday Oliseh’ s unpaid salary has finally come to an end, and n...
The long saga surrounding Sunday Oliseh’s unpaid salary has finally come to an end, and no, it did not end with him receiving an arrears pay-check. The ex-captain of the Super Eagles has called it quit citing contract violations, unpaid wages and benefits and to a large extent, little support from the National Football Federation.
But for how long would the NFF continue to treat indigenous coaches like them having the job is a favor?
This colonial mentality as one rightly put it, where the master is good and the fellow citizen is bad needs to stop. Good riddance to bad rubbish is the caption for Oliseh’s resignation, not my words but the NFF’s.
Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, John Obuh, Stephen Keshi, Emmanuel Amuneke and former Falcons’ coach Eucharia Uche have in the past been owed salaries that stretches into months; some partly paid, some yet to be resolved, with Siasia the last unpaid man still on the payroll of the Federation.
|Oliseh Is Said To Be Owed Four Months' Wages|
During Uche’s time as the head coach of the Falcons, it is reported that her NFF-hired assistant from Germany, Thomas Obliers was earning $63,000 per month while she received $2,000 yet she was still owed. Berti Vogts and Lars Lagerback are the recent expatriates the NFF has hired, none suffered mistreatment, salaries duly paid, and freedom if not absolute was afforded to these men.
While Vogts’ earning at the time matches Oliseh’s $300,000 p.a ($25,000 per month), Lars Lagerback’s $1.5m for six months is another example of preferential treatment for expatriates. The Swedish media had warned Nigeria against hiring the man who had failed to take their country to the World Cup of 2010 but even with the highest salary among potential candidates the NFF hired him.
|Stories Of Unpaid Salaries To Foreign Coaches Are Rarely Heard Of.|
So let us presume no one at the Glass House understands Swedish, for all the poor display by the Super Eagles at the World Cup, the NFF were willing to offer Lagerback a four year contract to "rebuild" the Super Eagles.
A proper recall is the fallout between the NFF and Oliseh came when it was rumored he would be sacked after he failed to qualify from the group stages of the CHAN tournament, a tournament as rightly put by Oliseh, is the least of Nigeria’s priorities and it is just a stage to show the strength of the domestic leagues. But Lagerback was given the chance to rebuild?
|Lagerback Was Offered Contract Extension After a Poor World Cup Display|
Already, it is rumored that Oliseh while still on the job, representatives from the NFF met with Morocco's Herve Renard to take the reins with a possible $100,000 per month contract. Shaibu Amodu is expected to be in again for the sixth time, how long would it take before the NFF get rid of him and hire another foreigner like in the past? This sidechic-esque relationship.
Player Invitee List vetting (where was the NFF when Lagerback dropped Ikechukwu Uche for the World Cup being the highest goal scoring striker at the time?), forcing players on him, technical committee summons, and explaining every decision he made including the sacking of his contract-stipulated personal assistant Tijani Babaginda who is said to be unpaid since July 2015, are some of the hostilities offered to indigenous coaches not afforded to the foreign ones. Eight months into the job yet the Super Eagles’ head coach is forced to have a hotel as his residence. Poor shame.
|The NFF reported contacted Herve Renard while Oliseh was till in charge|
For those who point the finger to Oliseh’s arrogance, this would not be the first time the NFF has been called out. Siasia, just last year blasted the NFF for owing three month’s worth of salaries and having no proper training kit leading to wash and wear.
The fact the story of Oliseh taking care of players from his personal finances could make waves is bad, even worse authenticity of the story cannot be doubted given the history of the NFF with logistics. To those who blame Sunday Oliseh, it is fair to say your anger vane is pointing in the wrong direction, and to argue Oliseh is a hypocrite for taking the job with the history of NFF’s misgivings I can only be dumbfounded with such mediocre thinking.
Oliseh is not a man without faults and could have handled some issues better but good riddance to bad rubbish? Whatever happened to those in Glass House not throwing stones? Whoever the next indigenous coach is, it is time the NFF start treating the indigenous ones like how they treated the foreign ones in the past- made of glass, and slammed with the tag, “Fragile, Handle With Care, and Keep Standing”
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