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‘ I did not apply for Super Eagles job ‘ – Sunday Oliseh

Former Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach Sunday Ugochukwu Oliseh has strongly refuted claims that he applied for the vacant Super Eagles managerial position.

The Nigeria Football Federation had earlier announced the vacancy following the departure of Jose Peseiro earlier in the month.

In an interview with PUNCH , Oliseh vehemently denied submitting an application for the job and clarified that he had only expressed interest in the position but did not apply as he faulted the recruitment process.

“I did not apply for the Eagles job; reports stating otherwise are false,” Oliseh asserted.

He further clarified, stating, “If Nigeria needed my help as a coach, I would be willing to assist if the conditions were right. I’m open to helping Nigeria, but I did not apply for the job.”

“Let’s look at it this way, when Jurgen Klopp came out last month to announce that he was leaving his position as coach of Liverpool, did you hear or read anywhere that the club announced that coaches should apply for the job?

“The only thing they (Liverpool) are doing currently is that they are in search of a coach that fits their philosophy and style.

“If we (Nigeria) cannot offer our indigenous coaches opportunities to help the country’s football, then who else will?”

Oliseh backed his former national teammates Emmanuel Amuneke and George Finidi to succeed Jose Peseiro. Both coaches are the leading contenders for the vacant job.

“Everyone knows I’m an advocate of an indigenous coach to lead the Eagles, those two (Amuneke and Finidi) are good for the job,” Oliseh said.

“Anybody who really understands football will know that the Eagles don’t need a foreign coach, but the indigenous coach must have a great personality.

“I’m against foreign coach for our national team. It was a local coach that won the AFCON for Ivory Coast and the previous one for Senegal.” Oliseh concluded.

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