Former Nigerian Coach, Oliseh makes U-turn about potential return


Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has announced that he might consider a return to help Nigerian football if he is approached for a second stint.

The former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund midfielder played for Nigeria’s national team between 1993 and 2002, before he was appointed the team’s coach in July 2015.

His appointment however did not last long as he tendered his resignation to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) seven months later due to a breach of contract.

The 46-year-old during a television interview in Lagos monitored by our correspondent however said he will consider coaching the country’s national team again if the federal government requests it.

Meanwhile, Oliseh had previously stated that he does not want to coach the Super Eagles again after the struggles he faced in his first stint.

This was his response when asked if he’ll ever consider coaching Nigeria’s national team during the interview,

“My country is my country; nobody can take it from me. You can make any comment you want to make, but I am first [a] Nigerian before anything else.”

“So, if my country really needs me to help out and they ask me to come and do it, I will do it.”

“But I will not do it if I am giving the best of my knowledge for my country to work and somebody is just taking it ‘yes or no’ and then eventually we all fail.

“I resigned from the Super Eagles because I had decided that when I was sick, I was going to stop because I did not get any help from the federation.”

“I loved working with the boys, I love coaching my country, but the atmosphere around it was no longer healthy.

“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 was 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.”

Abisola Adebayo is a Reporter/Presenter/Social Media Manager for Tv360Nigeria. She is a first class graduate of the department of Mass Communication at Fountain University, Osogbo. Abisola is currently running her Masters Degree at the University of Lagos. The Social Media savvy young lady is ambitious and driven, likes trying new things and sets new goals for herself. Always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness.

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