Dalung met with NFF president, Amaju Pinnick in a bid to correct the wrongs of Oliseh after tendering an apology letter over his outburst. Although, Oliseh admitted that the contents of the publication on players’ welfare were true, the coach said it didn’t come from him.
The former Juventus and Borussia Dortmund midfielder had initially accused the football house for failing to fulfill their responsibilities after the Super Eagles did not pass the group stage of the African Nations Championship in Rwanda.
However, the Sports Minister has insisted that Oliseh would remain as the team gaffer for the sake of continuity.
“The idea of losing matches and sacking coaches is over. We cannot be winning matches all the time. We must build wider spaces in our minds for failure and success because that is the only way we can develop. The fact that he lost a game is not enough for us to begin to look at history. You don’t run a country like that! The man should be allowed and supported to come back and prepare the team for the qualifying matches ahead. If he had health challenges while working for us, we shouldn’t abandon him at this time.” Dalung said.
“We must appreciate the way Nigerians behave and their sentiments to sports especially football. Nigerians do not accept anything short of victory. The performance of the team that led to whatever we are hearing, from my own analysis, was due to overconfidence” Dalung added.
“In terms of preparations and planning, you could access them based on their first outing. Of course, they had some welfare challenges which we inherited when we came on board. We took steps to secure approval for funds but the process of the release of funds could not beat the time of the outing. That also contributed to their early exit”, he concluded.
Oliseh was fined a hefty 30,000 dollars for his social media outburst over frustration of the alleged lack of support from the NFF in regards to motivating the senior national team to game wins, specifically in the just concluded CHAN tournament where Nigeria did not make it past the group stage.