Oliseh: Unity key to revive Eagles fortunesfrom AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NEWLY-APPOINTED senior men’s national football team coach, Sunday Oliseh, has pledged to work in harmony with all stakeholders to revive the country’s fortunes in the sport.
The former midfielder, who previously had a successful stint as captain of the Super Eagles, has been unveiled as the successor to Stephen Keshi, also a former skipper.
Oliseh pledged close partnerships with stakeholders.
“I have had meetings with members of the Technical and Development Committee, led by Chief Anyansi-Agwu, very knowledgeable people all. I have met members of the Executive Committee and the General Secretary.
“I believe we will all work together excellently,” the 40-year-old coach said in Abuja where he was presented on Wednesday.
He spoke against divisions, which have previously proven to be key in the downfall of local football standards.
These were commonplace during the reign of Keshi culminating in the relations souring with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“I come to serve my country, not to wage a war. I have come to serve, and the Nigeria Football Federation has promised to give me all the support I need to succeed.
“They are the employers and I am the employee. That distinction has to be appreciated at all times,” Oliseh said.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, announced to the audience that the NFF would immediately pay the salary of Oliseh and his assistants three months in advance.
Oliseh takes over a Nigerian side that has been on a decline in recent months with the failure to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which they were supposed to defend, a huge blow.
The team is ranked 57th in the world and tenth in the continent.
Born in Abavo, Delta State, Oliseh was a physical, technical defensive midfielder, playing for well known clubs such as AFC Ajax (Holland), Borussia Dortmund (Germany) and Juventus (Italy).
He played 54 international matches and scored two goals for Nigeria, and played at the Football World Cups of 1994 and 1998. Oliseh also participated in the Olympic gold medal winning team of 1996.
After retiring in 2006, he has served as Sporting Director at Eupen and Vervietois (both Belgium).
– CAJ News
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