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Okocha Lobbies To Assist Oliseh

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Austin Okocha (JAYJAY)

Austin Okocha (JAYJAY)

AfricanFootball.com can exclusively reveal that former Nigeria skipper Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has made a last-ditch move to assist in-coming Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh.

Oliseh will this week sign a contract as the Super Eagles coach after Stephen Keshi was sacked for a breach of trust.

However, AfricanFootball.com has reliably learnt that ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha got through to several top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) while discussions with Oliseh were on to put himself forward as assistant coach.

Ironically, Okocha has always maintained he does not wish to be a coach and also his relationship with Oliseh is far from cordial.

An official told AfricanFootball.com: “Okocha reached out to some top officials to proposed himself as assistant coach to Oliseh.

“But two things are working against him – first, he does not have any coaching papers and secondly, he and Oliseh do not see eye-to-eye since ‘Jay Jay’ replaced Oliseh as Eagles skipper to the 2002 World Cup.

“Many still believe Okocha stabbed Oliseh in the back by doing so and that Oliseh has not forgotten or forgiven.”

Okocha is presently chairman of Delta Football Association as well as the chairman of the NFF Study Group, which will now have to work with the new Eagles coach.

Meanwhile, Taye Taiwo has welcomed the imminent appointment of Oliseh.

Taiwo, who won bronze with the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations, thumbs up the choice of Oliseh.

“Oliseh is a former international who understands the game and it is nice that the NFF deemed it okay to go with one of our own,” Taiwo said.

“I’m not saying other capable coaches won’t suit the Eagles but we have to support the NFF on this. I wish Oliseh all the best.”

Speaking on his hopes to play in the national team again, the former Olympique Marseille, AC Milan, Dynamo Kiev and QPR defender said:

“The invitation of players is the prerogative of coaches. I want to play again for Nigeria, I still have the desire but I also want to sort out issues concerning my club football.”

Taiwo’s contract with Turkish side Bursaspor was terminated by mutual consent this year.

Oliseh is due to arrive in Abuja by 4pm on Tuesday and a meeting with the NFF technical committee is scheduled for later that day.

His Belgian assistant, who has worked in Togo, Rwanda and Burkina Faso, is expected to accompany him.