‘Samson Siasia Has Better Coaching Pedigree Than Oliseh’ – Onigbinde

Former CAF and FIFA instructor and one time coach of the Super Eagles Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has hailed the appointment of u-23 coach Samson Siasia as the new Super Eagles interim coach, saying he is better suited to the job than Sunday Oliseh, who was temperamental and didn’t have any experience for the role.

“When Oliseh was being appointed, I did not raise objection to it but I was particular about his background,” Onigbinde told completesportsnigeria.com. “And with the new people that have come on board, I believe they have better coaching pedigree than Oliseh.
And that was my objection when Oliseh was appointed, question of experience and behaviour, those were the two issues I raised. And during his tenure, he exhibited lack of all those things clearly. Siasia has been there once and I hope he would have learnt his lessons. I remember when he first came, in a meeting with the technical committee, I cautioned him on a certain step he was taking. I have no reason to hate any football coach in this country or anywhere, but we are talking about the fate of our country. And just about two weeks ago, as if I knew, I sent a message of commendation to Amuneke.” He added: “What is important is they getting there and doing what they are supposed to do. Where they feel that they have problems, if they see some people around them who could put them through, they should not hesitate because nobody is an island.”

Sunday Oliseh Resigns As Super Eagles Coach

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has announced his resignation as Chief Coach of the Super Eagles.

After several weeks of controversy between the Chief Coach of Nigeria’s national team, Sunday Oliseh and his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Oliseh, in the wee hours of Friday, announced his resignation as Chief Coach.


Oliseh who took to his verified Twitter handle, @SundayOOliseh to announce his resignation said:

“I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having had the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria. Due to contract violations, lack of support,unpaid wages, benefits to my players, Assistant Coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach.”

Oliseh has also changed his profile on the micro-blogging site to Ex-Chief Coach of the Super Eagles.


Recall that Oliseh, signed a three-year deal on July 15, 2015, succeeding Stephen Keshi, who was sacked at the start of July. He spent barely eight months as Eagles chief coach.


Oliseh, earned 63 caps for Nigeria and helped the country win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and Olympic gold in 1996. He became the fourth player from the class of 1994 to manage the Super Eagles after Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia and Keshi.

I Am Struggling Financially- Oliseh

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has revealed he is financially handicapped in his preparations for the crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualification tie against Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna.

Oliseh, disclosed on a Brila FM sports programe that his team list is being delayed because it is hard for him to move around Europe to meet the players he intends to invite for the tie.

He said: “I am struggling financially, waiting for approvals to move around Europe, so it has been quiet. It has to do with transport, accommodation and other expenses while moving out. “I need to spend 15, 20 minutes on the phone to speak to each player before he is invited,” said the under-fire coach. He disclosed that he intends to open camp in mid March with players from the local league ahead of the must win encounter with the Pharaohs of Egypt. Oliseh said seven or eight players from the African Championship team will be in the Super Eagles that will face the Egyptians who are playing Burkina Faso in a friendly to boost their preparations.

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NFF Sacks Personal Assistant To Oliseh, Names Amuneke As Flying Eagles Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has sacked Tijani Babangida, Personal Assistant to Sunday Oliseh, the Super Eagles Head Coach.


This is stated in a communiqué of meeting of the NFF Executive Committee issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Ademola Olajire, the NFF Assistant Director of Communications.


It said the disengagement of Babangida followed recommendation of the NFF Technical and Development Committee which was unanimously approved.


The board, therefore, mandated the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, to follow the due process in effecting the disengagement.


Similarly, the NFF executive committee endorsed the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee for the appointment of erstwhile Golden Eaglets’ Coach Emmanuel Amuneke, as Head Coach of the Flying Eagles.


The communiqué said Kabiru Baleria and Emeka Amadi had been appointed as Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Trainer respectively.


NFF also approved the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee that the backroom staff of the various National Teams be reconstituted immediately, with the exception of the Super Eagles.


“With its determination to find a holistic solution to the dwindling fortunes of the Senior Women National Team, Falcons, committee approved the recommendation of the Technical Committee for the appointment of expatriate coach.

“The expatriate coach will be assisted by former Super Falcons’ Captains, Florence Omagbemi, Perpetua Nkwocha and Ann Chiejine, with Bala Mohammed as Goalkeeper Trainer.

“Omagbemi will head the crew in acting capacity in the meantime.

“The Executive Committee also approved a recommendation by the Technical Committee for processes to be put in place for the training, grading and certification of all categories of football coaches in Nigeria.

“The programme, which would be run in conjunction with a consultant to be approved by the Executive Committee, will commence once approval is secured from the Confederation of African Football’’, it said.


It further stated that henceforth, Super Eagles Coach Sunday Oliseh must report to the NFF General Secretary and the Technical and Development Committee.


The communiqué also said that Oliseh should be ready to defend his entire programme before the committee including invitation of players and training programmes at all times.


“Executive Committee reviewed the outing of the Super Eagles at the recently-concluded 4th Championship of African Nations and the events that followed. The committee rebuked Oliseh for his unwarranted statements unbecoming of a National Team Coach.

“His outburst in both regular and social media was unnecessary, However, we acknowledge his apology but the executive committee will not tolerate similar infractions in future.

“The committee approved a recommendation by the NFF Referees Committee for the introduction of Referee Assessor for matches of the Nigeria National League from 2016 season.

“The executive committee constituted ad-hoc committees to study and compose governance structures for Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League, Nationwide League One, and report back to the committee within four weeks.’’

It listed the committees as composed to include Nigeria National League to be chaired by Seyi Akinwunmi, while the Nigeria Women Football League would be chaired by Alhaji Babagana Kalli.

Nationwide League One ad-hoc committee would have Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau as its Chairman.




NFF Fines Sunday Oliseh $30,000 Over ‘Insane’ Video Rant

The Nigerian Football Federation has reportedly fined Sunday Oliseh $30,000 for his ‘insane’ outburst last week in which he claimed that his former colleagues and critics were insane to ask for his sack just because he had lost two games in 11 matches the Super Eagles have played since his reign.
The 41-year-old posted an 8-minute video on his website to hit back at what he called the ‘insanity’ of his critics. The coach has since apologized to the NFF for his outburst aimed at the Nigerian media as well as his critical former international teammates.

It is also believed that Sunday Oliseh will consult his lawyers to contest the fine imposed on him by the football body.

On Tuesday, top chiefs of the football body led by Amaju Pinnick held a meeting with the sports minister Barr. Solomon Dalung on the future of the embattled chief coach.

After Nigerians and football lovers criticized the Delta born coach for not appreciating his job by calling his critics insane, the embattled Super Eagles took to twitter to address the situation..

He Tweeted;

“When I spoke of critics I did not mean the general public of Nigeria! I would never dare refer to my beloved country men as insane!”

“How dare I insult 170 Million people who I love and have shown me so much love. Please forgive the error of editing! God bless you all.”

Since Sunday Oliseh assumed leadership of the Super Eagles following the sack of Stephen Keshi, he has not been short of controversies.

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike have resigned from the Super Eagles following squabbles with the coach while following the team’s exit from the just concluded CHAN, Oliseh blasted the NFF for not properly motivating the players by not paying them their salaries .

Oliseh Flees Nigeria, Accuses Staff Of Witchcraft

As the zero hour approaches for the must win double header AFCON qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt on March 23, Sports Vanguard can reveal the real reasons why coach Sunday Oliseh may continue to tinker the Eagles from his base in Belgium.

After contracting a virus in one of his official assignments, camp sources informed that the former Juventus player has alleged occultic manipulations by his enemies on his life and has vowed to flee far from the country to where they could not fly to attack him.


“He is always scared in camp and suspicious of even members of his back room staff”, a close source to the team informed.

The source said that the outspoken coach allegedly confronted his staff and warned them that there were many witches and wizards who were trying to undermine the success of the Eagles.

“He warned those fond of putting their hands in their pockets before shaking him to desist or keep their handshakes as he feared they touch objects concealed in their pockets before offering to shake him”, the source said. Also, the coach alleged that many of the people surrounding him do not believe in the success of the team as he claimed that they don’t rejoice when the Eagles score goals.

Beyond the trivial accusations of witches and wizards, Sports Vanguard also gathered that the coach had written to the federation to pay his outstanding N10 million accommodation fee as agreed in his contract(N5 million for 2015 and another N5 million for 2016) if they want him to reside in Nigeria as he said he would not stay in the hotels when the Super Eagles are not in camp.

Source – Vanguardngr.com

Westerhof Blasts Oliseh, Says He Can’t Take Nigeria To The 2018 World Cup

Former Nigeria head coach Clemens Westerhof has said Sunday Oliseh can’t take the national team to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Westerhof, who won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations title with the Super Eagles in Tunisia, made his stance known after Nigeria beat Swaziland 2-0 on Friday.
Following the victory, Oliseh told the press he was proud of his team, and Westerhof said it was nothing to celebrate.

“Congratulations, you beat Swaziland 2-0 in the return leg match of the preliminary round of the qualifiers,” But does that really call for celebration? Yes, there are no minnows in football but who are Swaziland to hold the Super Eagles to a goalless draw?T
he Super Eagles won 2-0 in Nigeria but is it not a game the Super Eagles should be winning 6-0, 7-0 under normal circumstances? What type of football do they play in Swaziland?
“Swaziland is not the first match Super Eagles have played under Oliseh. There has not been any difference between their first game under him and the game with Swaziland.I’m sorry, with Oliseh, the Super Eagles may not go to the World Cup in Russia,” Westerhof declared.


Oliseh, Musa Not Carried Away By 3-0 Victory Over Cameroun

Although the Super Eagles were imperial in their 3-0 defeat of eternal rivals, Cameroun, in a friendly game on Sunday, the team’s coach, Sunday Oliseh, and Captain Ahmed Musa say a lot still has to be done to get the team to the desired level. But they agree that the signs are good.

The team on Thursday lost 0-2 to Congo DR before bouncing back on Sunday with an emphatic 3-0 defeat of Cameroun.

Speaking after Sunday’s game in Belgium, Musa said the players showed they had the quality to achieve greatness, adding that they would gel as long as they continued playing together.

“It was a very good game for us. We did well and it served the purpose because we are gradually coming back to the team Nigerians want us to be, which we also want to be, we understand ourselves better being a new team. We all put in our best to achieve the result,” Musa said.

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Joshua Jesse Kelvin: The Enyeama Enigma; Revisiting the Concept of Captainship

“I have fought a good fought a good fight for more than 13 years, i have finished my course, i have kept the faith and sang the anthem with passion, henceforth there Is laid for me a crown which only God can reward me for my 13 years of national service. God bless Nigeria.”

  These were the exact words of Vincent Enyeama, Super Eagles Captain who took on to instagram to announce his international retirement .
   Enyeama’s career no doubt has been one of immense success. Right from his playing days at Enyimba International F.C of Aba where he won the CAF Champions league Consecutively in 2003 and 2004. Before then he had put out an eye-catching performance in Nigeria’s encounter with England at the 2002 FIFA World at Korea /Japan.
   Since then, he has been a very powerful member of the Super Eagles. His abilities has never been in doubt as he has stood out on a number of occasions. He was also part of the Coach Stehen Keshi’s led Super Eagles Team that won the ANC in SouthAfrica in 2013. He continued to produce some dazzling performances both at the International and Club levels. Thus, in 2014 he won the Marc Vivien Foe Award for the best African Player in France. The first time a goalkeeper won the award. He holds the record for the second longest clean sheet held by a goalkeeper in the ligue 1. He is also listed among the top 20 highest goal scoring goalkeepers in his history. An amazing player indeed!
   It was clear that the decision of Coach Oliseh to appoint Ahmed Musa as Captain did not augur down well with Enyeama. Ofcourse enyeama had the right to express grieviances under normal circumstances which he did. But that not withstanding it remains the prerogative right of any Coach to appoint a Captain.
   Criteria for Appointing Captains have always differed from coaches to coaches depending on their principles, ideals or values. Some Teams have the tradition of Appointing Captains based on Age as is the case in Nigeria while others based on experience or influence. We take a look at the Concept of Football captaincy, duties and responsibilities of captains.
   A captain of a football team, sometimes known as the skipper, is a team member chosen to be the on-pitch leader of the team: it is often one of the older or more experienced members of the squad, or a player that can heavily influence a game.
  Rather than simply awarding the title of captain to your leading scorer or other top performer, choose a “Triple-Impact Competitor,” who is committed to improving self, teammates and the game as a whole. As a coach, introduce the concept of the Triple-Impact Competitor during tryouts and pre-season so that players understand the basis on which you will select captains. In addition to helping you identify captains, this will inspire players who aspire to captaincy to suddenly pay a bit more attention to helping their teammates.
Of course, this improves individual and team performance and can reinforce a strong team culture, which carries rewards far beyond the playing field.Other factors that can determine whom you name captain include:
– Who works the hardest in pre-season
– Who singularly goes above and beyond your expectations in terms of
improving self, teammates or game
– Who might contribute even more to your team due to the psychological boost
of being named captain.
Captains should complement coaches as arbiters of team culture. Sometimes they may help you focus players’ attention when it wanders. Other times they may represent players’ points of view on game strategy, practice plans or how to ensure that all players stay aligned toward team goals. Coaches must find their own comfort level with the captain’s level of authority among teammates and take care to understand and cultivate the appropriate
level of respect teammates afford to captains. With the right balance, coaches can keep a finger on the pulse of the team through the captains, and captains can voice the players’ divergent ideas to coaches without undermining the coaches’ authority.
Captains also can lead in a variety of routine ways, such as:
– Leading stretching and warm-up/cool-down sessions
– Communicating with referees
– Organizing off-field activities
– Finding ways to include teammates who are less integrated into the team
– Helping settle disagreements among teammates
 By Joshua Jesse Kelvin, he writes from Lagos. Twitter handle: @JJ_kelvin

Ifreke Inyang: 5 Things We Learnt From Tanzania vs Nigeria

1. Difficult start for Oliseh

As soon as Sunday Oliseh was announced as Stephen Keshi’s successor, he has been submerged in a giant wave of optimism and goodwill. A lot of people – this writer included – has been genuinely hopeful and excited. Well, it is not as if all that has evaporated, but this is surely not the start he hoped for. He will have more time to work on the squad and the results will start showing soon.

2. Carl I keep your shirt, Vincent?

Amid the inexperience and lack of basic intelligence in the Eagles squad, debutant Carl Ikeme managed to stand out and cover himself in glory. The Wolves goalkeeper, who was called up to replace the bereaved Vincent Enyeama was a commanding presence, calm and classy. Ikeme pulled off some nice stops in the second half, when the Tanzania threatened to shock.

3. Beginning of the end for Haruna

One of the major talking points of the game, was Oliseh pulling out Haruna Lukman in the 35th minute of the game. The Anzhi midfielder looked lethargic prior to that, playing with little or no energy and enthusiasm. It is one thing to have ability. It is not thing to use it well. Once again, we saw that the line between arrogance and confidence is painfully blur. For someone who had been in the international wilderness for five years, he should have grabbed this opportunity with both hands.

4. Emenike, Musa don’t do enough

For a team that was sprinkled with debutants and a lot of inexperienced heads, the more experienced players did not come to the party. Emmanuel Emenike was a bit average and did not link up play as well as he can. CSKA Moscow winger, Ahmed Musa, sparkled in bursts – and it was really more about his pace than end product.

5. Tanzania give good account of themselves

Most pundits expected the Eagles to impose themselves on their hosts and claim another routine victory in Dar es Salaam. That was not the case. Tanzania provided real threat all through the game and if not for Ikeme and some wayward finishing, they should have scored a goal or two, especially in the second half.

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Oliseh- “I Have Come To Serve My Country, Not To Wage War”

Former Super Eagles’ captain Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh resumed life as Head Coach of the team on Wednesday, with a clear message to the generality of Nigerians: “I come to serve my country, not to wage a war.”

There were several questions and insinuations at Wednesday’s colourful official presentation ceremony bothering on Oliseh’s perceived ‘stubbornness,’ but the former captain swiftly differentiated between being principled and being stubborn.

“I have come to serve, and the NFF 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.

“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. It is a huge honour to be the Head Coach of Nigeria.”

NFF President Amaju Pinnick presided over the event, supported by Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Executive Committee members Anyansi-Agwu, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, Babagana Kalli and Ahmad Kawu, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and other members of NFF management, including Technical Director Shaibu Amodu.

As Pinnick announced to the audience that the NFF would immediately pay three months’ salary of Oliseh and his assistants in advance, the member of the FIFA Technical Study Group opened a window on his philosophy for player-selection.

“My assistants and myself will not invite to the camp of the National Team of Nigeria, any player who is not playing in the top division in the recognised Leagues of the world, including Nigeria. The only exception would be those players from any of the age-grade National Teams that we find exceptional and deserving of an opportunity to try and win shirts in the senior team.

“One thing I will say, dear compatriots, is that I am not a Messiah. I have come to do my very best, give 150%, to take Nigeria football to the next level, with the support of my assistants, the NFF and relevant stakeholders. I am optimistic that we will lift the Nigeria game to a new height.”

The NFF leadership later presented Oliseh and his assistants to the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Alhassan Saleh Yakmut.

NSC Threatens To Stop Oliseh’s Unveiling As New Coach On Wednesday

The Federal government through the National Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday threatened to stop the plan by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to unveil Nigerian former international, Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh, as the new Super Eagles head coach on Wednesday, insisting that the appointment did not conform with the Procurement Act procedure for engagement.

This is coming on the heels of the NSC query to the NFF over the sack of former Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi. The Guardian gathered from the NSC yesterday in Abuja that the commission had written to the NFF, insisting that the position of the head coach for the Super Eagles is still vacant, stressing that it has not received any official correspondent from the federation on the appointment and unveiling of any coach to replace Stephen Keshi, who was sacked last week for
applying for the vacant coaching job in Cote d’Ivoire while still on the employment of the NFF.

According to an NSC management egghead: “The procedure for hiring Sunday Oliseh did not pass through the Procurement Act. It was the same when the NSC employed the High Performance Directors. The Sports Commission requested for waiver for selective bidding, which enabled us to select people based on their credentials.

“We selected people and interviewed them in the United Kingdom. The Deputy Director in charge of Procurement attended because it is a procurement exercise, which must go in accordance with the Procurement Act.

“The engagement of Oliseh is a contractual one but it is unfortunate that the federation may not have been guided accordingly. If the federation goes ahead to unveil Oliseh on Wednesday without following the due process, they would be violating the Procurement Act, they would be found liable.

“The truth is that even if they have secured the consent of a private company to pick Oliseh’s bills, the law of the land on engagement must be observed. The procedure is for the NFF to write to the Sports Commission informing them of their plans to engage a technical expertise like the Eagles chief coach and his assistants, specifying the terms of relationship.

If they don’t want to advertisement, they can do selective bidding.” The NSC official further noted, “If they must interview and hire Oliseh alone, they must apply for waiver of certificate of no objection giving reason for the decision to settle for him alone.

Unveiling him on Wednesday is tantamount to violation of the due process of the procurement in accordance with Procurement Act.

“Writing to NSC is just a point of information and point of information is not a legal process. NSC has no business with their day-to-day operation but if the operation violates the law, we will draw their attention to it and take any managerial and administrative measure that must be taken.

“As I speak to you, NSC does not know whether there is any unveiling this week because we are an institution guided by official communication and far as we are concerned, nobody from the federation has communicated to us officially if there will be any unveiling.”

Yakmut said the only official information the NSC has received from the NFF was the answer to its query on the sack of Keshi, adding, “They have already sent two pages of explanation on why he was removed.

They told us how his removal would add value to the game. The Sports Commission has accepted the reasons for Keshi’s sack because we don’t know the content of the contract that brought him in the first place and the one that kicked him out.”

Oliseh’s Foreign Assistant Revealed

Incoming Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh will be assisted by Belgian, Jean Francois Losciuto. He was assistant to Oliseh when he managed Belgian lower third division side, Vervietois.

He has also had coaching stints in Africa, with Togolese club, Anges de Notse and led the team during their CAF Champions League games against Enyimba earlier in the year, and also ASFA Yennenga of Burkina Faso.

He is expected to be announced as Sunday Oliseh’s right hand man when he is officially unveiled.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation, he will oversee ‘developmental programs and will work with clubs’ youth teams and certified academies towards developing the game from the grassroots’.

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