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Oliseh Can’t Take Eagles To Russia 2018 – Westerhof

Posted: Nov 20, 2015 at 8:36 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

A former Super Eagles coach, Clemens Westerhof, has raised the alarm that Nigeria stand the risk of not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup to be staged in Russia with Sunday Oliseh in charge.

Westerhof, who guided the Super Eagles to Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Tunisia in 1994 as well as a second round appearance in the 1994 FIFA World Cup debut in the United States of America, said the Super Eagles’ start to the qualifiers does not give confidence the team will win the race to Russia.

“Congratulations, you beat Swaziland 2-0 in the return leg match of the preliminary round of the qualifiers,” Westerhof told completesports.com “But does that really call for celebration? Yes, there are no minnows in football but who are Swaziland to hold the Super Eagles to a goalless draw (in Swaziland)?

“The Super Eagles won 2-0 in (Port Harcourt) Nigeria but is it not a game the Super Eagles should be winning 6-0, 7-0 under normal circumstances?

What type of football do they play in Swaziland?” Reminded that the Super Eagles are undergoing rebuilding following the arrival of a new manager to take charge of technical affairs of the team, Westerhof said there’s no sign the team will get better.

“Swaziland is not the first match Super Eagles have played under Oliseh. There has not been any difference between their first game under him and the game with Swaziland. “I’m sorry, with Oliseh, the Super Eagles may not go to the World Cup in Russia,” Westerhof stressed.

Comments (1)

  • Nov 20, 2015 at 11:08 am Harry

    I like Oliseh as a person, I have been supporting the idea of making him the head Coach of Nigeria Super Eagles. However, I have watched all Nigeria matches under Oliseh right here in my house in Sydney, Australia. The fact is that Nigeria is not playing football again, Nigeria players should not be seen as professionals, they simply need someone to teach them how to play football. Nigeria Team under Oliseh are now playing Nigeria Airways ball of the 80’s. Super Eagles cannot even keep the ball on the ground for 20 seconds.The U-17 Eaglet would have beaten Swaziland home and away. The problem with Nigeria Super eagles is that we don’t have defenders and mid-fielders that can initiate an attack from rear and middle or even from the flanks. Nigeria defenders and Mid-fielders are not skillful enough to understand how and when to initiate attack. What Nigeria needs now are players that are skillful, not one legged player like Mikel, Echiejile and Co, the only thing they know is back-pass. Oliseh should forget about Europe based players and focus on building a team with the right players. Home base players should be 70% of the new Team, this is where he will be able to get it right. Nigeria league is better than dozens of European leagues. Imagine players from Serbia or Slovenia leagues would be given shirts to play for Super Eagles. I agree fully with Westerholf, Nigeria may not qualify for Russia 2018.

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