Why Oliseh Resigned – Babangida, Assistant to Oliseh Explains

Tijani Babangida
(L) Tijani Babangida (R) Sunday Oliseh while playing for the senior national team, Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Former personal assistant to Sunday Oliseh, Tijani Babangida has backed his former boss, saying Oliseh decided to resign after he found out the NFF had already contacted former Ivory Coast coach Hervé Renard to replace him.

According to Babangida, Sunday Oliseh was incensed that NFF offered to pay Hervé Renard $100,000 a month as salary while he was being owed four months salary of N5m.

“We saw this coming. Nothing is hidden. Oliseh was reliably informed that the NFF went to talk to Hervé Renard to take over the job as Super Eagles coach. This is one of the things that violated the contract he signed when he became coach,” Babangida said.

“He believes his employers are not supporting him to succeed; rather, they are planning for him to fail. Especially, with the crucial game coming up in a month’s time against Egypt for the AFCON qualifier. He feels if he is the problem, why should he be a stumbling block?, hence, his resignation.

“He resigned so that the NFF can do what they want to do. With match bonuses owed, salaries not paid, camping allowances too, the house the NFF promised him has not even been secured for him. So, where will he stay when he comes to Abuja? Hotel?”

“So, many violations of his contract. No one can work like that. NFF cannot pay Oliseh N5million but they went promising Renard $100,000. This is sad. Why wouldn’t he resign?”