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Oliseh Satisfied With Players Mental Strength

Posted: Oct 2, 2015 at 12:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Super Eagles head coach, Sunday Oliseh, says he has been left impressed by the mental strength of the players he has worked with since taking charge of the team.

Oliseh’s first game was a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on September 5 and despite drawing goalless, he took positive memories from the Tanzanians.

With the score tied at 0-0 during the break and the Taifa Stars clearly on top in the first half, Oliseh said he was stunned to meet his players looking calm in the changing room as they sought to steady the ship ahead of the second half.

“What impressed me the most about my team was the unity and the way they stayed calm in the dressing room at half time.

“They were the first that realised that things were not going right. They were all trying to find solutions among themselves.

“That is something you usually require the services of a psychologist for,” Oliseh said.

The coach then took the time to discuss his coaching philosophy and what he intends to bring to the team as coach, as regards playing style.

“For us to go further, we must have a (definite) style of play.

“The philosophy is simple. When we don’t have the ball, we must behave and act in a particular manner and there should also be a way we behave when we have possession of the ball.

“The problem we have however is that Nigerians just don’t want us to win.

“They want us to win playing good football but that will require time.

“I cannot tell Nigerians how long I will need to achieve that but we have a clear objective at this moment.

“That objective is qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon,” he said.

Oliseh has an unblemished record as Nigeria coach as he is yet to taste defeat after overseeing his first two matches.

He will be looking to continue his fine run as Nigeria coach when the Super Eagles face Congo DR and Cameroon in international friendlies later this month.

Sunshine Stars Must Not Lose To Warri Wolves – Odunlami

Sunshine Stars defender, Kunle Odunlami, has made it clear that they cannot afford to lose to Warri Wolves, in Saturday’s crucial clash in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

The Akure Gunners are currently second on the table behind Enyimba, which will play Heartland.

Wolves is chasing both table toppers and is just one point behind Sunshine, making Saturday’s fixture a testy one.

“The game against Warri Wolves is very important and we must give our best to ensure we don’t lose against them,” Odunlami told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“Every game is like a final now until the end of the season. To win the league, we must be prepared to play anywhere and get positive results.”