By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to embattled Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh to name journalists that have been requesting money from him.
In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Andrew Abah, SWAN said it was requesting the list to sanitize the profession.
“Our attention has been drawn to a recent statement credited to the Head Coach of the Super Eagles Mr. Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh that some members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) have been approaching him requesting for money to enable them write favourable reports for him, and that some are acting as agents requesting that he invites certain players to camp so that they can do business with them.
“The leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in its quest to ensure continuous sanity in the profession, and for the purpose of the change mantra which is gradually revolving round every aspect of the economy, is requesting that the Head Coach names those journalists that approached him within the next seven days,” it stated.
It explained that this has become imperative considering the recent bashing the Sports Writers have been receiving from the NFF and its employees.
“Henceforth, SWAN would no longer fold its arms and watch people blame their misfortune on the Association. We have, as major stakeholders, contributed positively to the development of sports in the country, and would no longer tolerate people dragging SWAN in their maladministration and technical ineptitude. We remain committed to sports development in Nigeria,” it added.
It would be recalled that the NFF President only recently at the National Assembly took a swipe on the Sports Writers for being the brain behind their inabilities to secure sponsors for the Federation.