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Oliseh Must Qualify S’Eagles For Gabon –Dosu

Posted: Jul 20, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen Lagos

Atlanta Olympics gold medalist, Joseph Dosu, believes Sunday Oliseh must qualify the Super Eagles for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Dosu Joseph

Dosu Joseph

Dosu, who also believes that the coach would lead the team to greatness, advised Oliseh not to bother himself with the team unimpressive recent FIFA ranking of 53.

Nigeria, grouped alongside Chad, Tanzania and Egypt in the qualifiers, will play Tanzania September 6 in Dar es Salam. Super Eagles tied on three points with Egypt is placed second due to inferior goals.

Connsidering the latest poor FIFA rankings, Dosu insisted that qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations should be Oliseh’s concern before thinking about improving the team’s rankings.

“When he was a player in the Super Eagles, he was part of the team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and the Eagles was ranked 5th in the world. After the USA 94 World Cup which he also, the team was ranked 9th,” he said.

“ For me, the most important task facing him now is to ensure we qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.  But in winning our matches, to qualify us for the African Cup of Nations, definitely the rankings will improve.  I’m hopeful that there is a new dawn in the national team.”

Meanwhile, Ex international, Emeka Ezeugo, has faulted the appointment of Oliseh as the Super Eagles coach.

The 47-year old, who was Oliseh’s teammate, said the process through which Oliseh was employed by the Nigeria Football Federation was faulty, adding that the position should have been advertised when Stephen Keshi was fired.

“Oliseh is not the right man for the job because the process that brought him in was faulty,” Ezeugo said.

“He is the best man for the job for those who hired him so we have to take it like that but the process was faulty. Due process was not followed.

“The position should have been advertised for interested candidates to tender their applications and then they can shortlist maybe three,” he stressed.

Speaking further, Ezeugo said he has nothing against Oliseh and wish him well, but insists the process could have been better.

“Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against Oliseh but the process that brought him in was faulty but I wish him well,” he added.

Oliseh’s first assignment as the Super Eagles coach comes in September, when the Taifa Stars of Tanzania hosts the Super in Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.