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Oliseh vows never to coach Super Eagles again

Former Supers captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh, has vowed never to coach the national team again even if he is given another opportunity to do so.

Oliseh was hired to manage the national team in 2015 before leaving his role unceremoniously due to unresolved issues with the Nigeria Football Federation, including unpaid salaries.

In an Instagram live video chat with The Punch, the former captain said he would never coach the Super Eagles again.

“No, I don’t have the intention of ever coaching the (Super) Eagles again. I loved working with the boys, I love coaching my country, but the atmosphere around it was no longer healthy.

Sunday Oliseh played 52 times for Nigeria
Sunday Oliseh played 52 times for Nigeria (Photo Credit: Life Blogger)

“I didn’t want the job anymore. Health-wise I was not feeling too good; secondly, we were owed salaries. I was spending money on my health and on my team. I just couldn’t die on the job.

“Truth is, we have a foreign coach now and from what I heard and know, he is being paid four times the wages Stephen Keshi and I were paid and these are two players who won trophies for Nigeria.

“I’ve never heard Gernot Rohr complain about wages. Keshi, while he was coaching, was always complaining, when I was coaching for four months, I was unpaid, for six months my assistants were unpaid, so I had to leave the job; we were also being frustrated.”

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Oliseh, who had a total of 52 caps for the Eagles, scoring two goals between 1993 and 2002 and won the nations cup Olympic gold medal in Atlanta.

The former Borussia Dortmund midfielder stated that he had plans to make the team better by inviting you and young and exciting players before he parted ways with his employers.

“I had good plans for the team. You will notice that at a time I brought in (Wilfred) Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, young players who are dominating now. I brought in a world-class goalkeeper (Carl Ikeme) because I felt the old breed were ready to leave.

“The same philosophy I used while with the Eagles was the same philosophy France used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Sometimes you ask yourself questions about Nigeria. You won laurels for the country as a player, you’re doing well as a coach, you were about qualifying for the World Cup and you’re unpaid for four months.”

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