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I’ll Prove My Worth

Posted: Jul 28, 2015 at 3:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen – Lagos


Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has said that the task at hand would motivate him to prove his worth as a coach.

He has been widely criticised for his lack of experience after been unveiled by the Nigeria Football Federation early this month.

Oliseh, who holds a UEFA Pro License, and coached Belgian lower division club, Vervietois between 2008 and 2009, believed that he can manage the challenge before him.

Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh

“Many out of love for our fatherland have expressed their doubts in my coaching crew and my ability to coach and take to a higher level the Super Eagles. This is understandable to an extent but definitely an added motivation,” Oliseh said.

“I am fully aware that though this is the honeymoon period of the job as we are yet to play a game, there are all kinds of other uphill difficulties ahead of us,” he added.

He is expected to announce his first list of invited players – all home based – in the first week of August ahead of the CHAN qualifiers against Burkina Faso, and a week later, a list of overseas based players for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.

Oliseh is presently a FIFA instructor, and runs a consultancy that trains and assesses coaches worldwide. He is also member of FIFA Technical Study Group. He won 63 caps for Nigeria between 1993 and 2002, picking up Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze medals.

However, Super Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu, believes that inexperience would not work against Oliseh because he would manage rather than coach his players.

“The Super Eagles job is not a job for coaching players. So, we don’t expect Oliseh to come and begin to coach players in the national team,” he argued.

“The Super Eagles job is about managing professional players. And that is what Oliseh is supposed to come and do. All you need to do is manage the players to get results. So all this talk about experience and no experience do not even matter.”

Oliseh’s first game is in the first weekend of September, an Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifier against Tanzania.