Report: Sunday Oliseh set to be named new Super Eagles coach?
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Report: Sunday Oliseh set to be named new Super Eagles coach?

Former Super Eagles captain and coach is set to be in line to return as the new coach of Nigeria men’s national football team.

According to OwngoalNigeria, Sunday Oliseh could be the next Super Eagles manager although the Nigeria Federation chiefs would prefer a foreign Technical Adviser even if the former Ajax midfielder is appointed.

The report indicated that Sunday Oliseh who has a good relationship with the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare could be back in the dugout again with the Super Eagles.

After 8 months in charge of Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh resigned from his post and had this to say during a recent interview on why he left his role back in 2016.

“It was frustrating,” he told KweséESPN. “The great things about the Nigerian job were the chance to serve your nation and put them on a track.

“One of the first things I did when I got the job was to bring a lot of young blood in because the team itself was already on the wane. Players like [Alex] Iwobi, I brought into the team, I gave him his first call-up, and some others who had been sidetracked like Moses Simon.

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“I brought them in and pushed them up.

“It was frustrating, but at the same time it was a job that had I wanted to hold onto, I would have held onto it,” he began, “but it got to a point where I felt like I wasn’t having fun, ‘I’m not enjoying this’.

“I remember very clearly the day I told the federation, I sent them an e-mail and said ‘Look, I don’t want to coach anymore, I’m resigning’. They said ‘you can’t do that, we don’t resign here, no coach has ever done that’.

“I said I’m not enjoying it, I had a philosophy; something I wanted to put on the ground in Nigeria; it was working well, the players were playing well.

“But I just didn’t like working with the federation. It was horrible working with the federation. As a player, it was already horrible playing with them. In my life, I reckon if I’m not enjoying something, it’s worthless, so let it be.

“They said to me ‘How can you leave this job? Many of your colleagues would die for it”. I said, ‘Yeah, then give the job to them!’ I understood it when some of my countrymen said ‘Hey, how can you leave?’ but I wasn’t enjoying it.

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“I was falling sick, the atmosphere was cloudy, players were unpaid, I was unpaid, my assistant coaches were unpaid, as much as six months. I was four months unpaid.

“Some would say to you, ‘and so? it’s normal’. I say it’s not normal. I have bills to pay in Europe, but it helped me a lot because the fact that I put a philosophy on the ground and I saw how it worked…it worked so well.

“It confirmed to me what I suspected I had inside of me, that I can do this sort of job.”

Sunday Oliseh has also revealed that he is open to the role if given the opportunity but it is left to be seen if he would want to work under a foreign technical adviser.

During his time as the Super Eagles coach, he lost just 2 of the 14 games he managed as the team scored 19 goals and conceded 6.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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