Dr Amos Adamu, a former Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), has described the National Assembly’s invitation of former Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, as unnecessary.
Adamu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that the coach’s resignation was not unusual, especially in view of the fact that all over the world on a daily basis coaches are either sacked or they resign.
NAN recalls that Oliseh resigned his appointment as the handler of the team on Feb. 25.
Announcing his resignation, Oliseh had said: “I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria.
“Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach.”
Following Oliseh’s resignation and the criticisms that followed, Hon Abdulrahman Abubakar, a member of the House of Representatives’ committee on Sport, said that Oliseh had been given a new date to appear before the Green chamber of the National Assembly to answer some questions.
Speaking to selected journalists when he visited the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Chairman Technical Committee on Sports said Oliseh deserved a fair hearing as a Nigerian.
“We must remember that he was a former national team captain and has served this country hence we have invited him to hear his side.
“Although he has resigned, we do not believe we should crucify him.
“We are not there to impose any coach on Nigeria. We are ready to do the right thing.
“Why are you crucifying somebody, who has not been heard? We need to give him a fair hearing.
“Yes Oliseh has resigned, and he has the right to resign, but we need to hear him – why he did what he did because we don’t know what went on behind the scene.’’
Adamu further told NAN that it was not the responsibility of the National Assembly to deal with issues relating to the complaints of coaches.
“Maybe he complained to them, they cannot say National Assembly has anything to do with a coaches’ complain, that is firstly, coaches are sacked every day.
“Even in Europe they sack coaches every day, look at in Europe if a coach is not doing well they sack him, if the coach is not doing well in the league.
“Sack him and they bring another one, so coaches can be sacked anytime, and resign anytime, so I don’t see any big deal.’’
He, however, urged the handlers of the Super Eagles to remain focused and not dwell on the current coaching issues.