NFF sacks Tijani Babangida as Oliseh’s PA, names Amuneke Flying Eagles coach


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked Tijani Babangida, Personal Assistant (PA) to Sunday Oliseh, the Super Eagles Head Coach.
This is stated in a communiqué after a meeting of NFF Executive Committee in Abuja on Wednesday by Ademola Olajire, NFF Assistant Director of Communications.
It said the disengagement of Babangida followed recommendation of the NFF Technical and Development Committee which was unanimously approved.
The board, therefore, mandated the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, to follow the due process in effecting the disengagement.
Similarly, the NFF executive committee endorsed the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee for the appointment of erstwhile Golden Eaglets’ coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, as Head Coach of the Flying Eagles.
The communiqué said Kabiru Baleria and Emeka Amadi had been appointed as Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Trainer respectively.
NFF also approved the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee that the backroom staff of the various National Teams be reconstituted immediately, with the exception of the Super Eagles.
“With its determination to find a holistic solution to the dwindling fortunes of the Senior Women National Team, Falcons, committee approved the recommendation of the Technical Committee for the appointment of expatriate coach.
“The expatriate coach will be assisted by former Super Falcons’ Captains, Florence Omagbemi, Perpetua Nkwocha and Ann Chiejine, with Bala Mohammed as Goalkeeper Trainer.
“Omagbemi will head the crew in acting capacity in the meantime.
“The Executive Committee also approved a recommendation by the Technical Committee for processes to be put in place for the training, grading and certification of all categories of football coaches in Nigeria.
“The programme, which would be run in conjunction with a consultant to be approved by the Executive Committee, will commence once approval is secured from the Confederation of African Football’’, it said.
It further stated that henceforth, Oliseh must report to the NFF General Secretary and the Technical and Development Committee.
The communiqué also said that Oliseh should be ready to defend his entire programme before the committee including invitation of players and training programmes at all times.

“Executive Committee reviewed the outing of the Super Eagles at the recently-concluded 4th Championship of African Nations and the events that followed.
“The committee rebuked Oliseh for his unwarranted statements unbecoming of a National Team Coach.

“His outburst in both regular and social media was unnecessary, However, we acknowledge his apology but the executive committee will not tolerate similar infractions in the future.

“The committee approved a recommendation by the NFF Referees Committee for the introduction of Referee Assessor for matches of the Nigeria National League from 2016 season.

“The executive committee constituted ad-hoc committees to study and compose governance structures for Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League, Nationwide League One, and report back to the committee within four weeks.’’

It listed the committees as composed to include Nigeria National League to be chaired by Seyi Akinwunmi, while the Nigeria Women Football League would be chaired by Alhaji Babagana Kalli.

Nationwide League One ad-hoc committee would have Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau as its Chairman.


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