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Odegbami Backs Oliseh To Succeed

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 2:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•  Faults NFF On Technical Role

•  Says Presidency had sustained Keshi

By Steve Oma-Ofozor  – Lagos


Nigeria football legend and former Super (Green) Eagles captain, Segun Odegbami, has thrown his weight behind newly appointed Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, optimistic that he would succeed on the job.

Segun Odegbami

Segun Odegbami

Odegbami speaking in a television sports programme on Thursday in Lagos said that Oliseh had the qualities needed to succeed in modern football management adding that he would turn around the fortunes of the Super Eagles.

“I have the confidence in Sunday Oliseh to succeed as Super Eagles coach. One he is very intelligent, he is educated, a graduate from Lagos State University (LASU). He also has the qualifications you may require in coaching business.

“His education combined with his knowledge in football will make him succeed, compared to his predecessors. Again, in modern football management, education is very important, because it helps you to manage the players properly, Odegbami said.

However, Odegbami who has severally contested for the position of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) was apprehensive that there could be a clash of interest between Oliseh and the NFF Technical Director, Shuaibu Amodu.

“My worry is that the NFF has giving the technical responsibilities of Shuiabu Amodu to Olise which is wrong. NFF cannot assign tell Oliseh to organise clinics or training for coaches.

‘Every technical issue is the responsibility of the Technical Director and that is Amodu. It is Amodu’s duty to organise clinics or training for coaches that is the reason he was appointed. If it is not addressed, there will be a clash of interest between Oliseh and Amodu,” he warned.

Revisiting the sack of Steven Keshi, Odegbami said that it was a premeditated action by the football authority even as Keshi refused to read the handwriting on the wall following his patriotic sentiment.

“It was an accident that was waiting to happen. Many people at the NFF didn’t want Keshi again since the end of 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but he refused to go because he was too patriotic, he wanted to serve his fatherland which was nice of him.”

Odegbami however concluded that, “Keshi had survived until his sack because the Presidency (not the President) was behind him. But Keshi remains Nigeria’s best coach ever.”