Oliseh Takes Over as Nigeria’s Soccer Coach

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Abuja — Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, and defender, Kenneth Omeruo, may have have been ruled out of the team, if words of the new Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, are anything to go by.

While signing his three-year contract with an option for one year extension, in Abuja on Wednesday, Oliseh said that his new philosophy for the team would exclude players in second tier and bench warmers.

This stance rules out Chelsea defender, Omeruo who is on loan to second tier Middlesbrough and Emenike currently on loan to Quatari aide Ain Fc.

Oliseh, who got three months salary upfront, vowed to shut the door to any player that fails to abide with camp code that would be developed and enforced by the players.

New Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, assured Nigerians yesterday that he is in the country to serve and not to create issues that may justify those who opposed his appointment for the top Nigerian job.

Speaking shortly after he penned a three-year deal as Stephen Keshi’s replacement at the Abuja Stadium yesterday morning, the former Super Eagles captain noted for his tiff with sports administrators in his playing days, insisted that there was a difference between stubbornness and being principled.

Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh, has warned Nigerian football fans against seeing him as the messiah that would single-handedly resuscitate the country’s football. This, he said, is because the Super Eagles, as currently constituted, does not boast any individual playmaker, who can singularly win matches for the country.

Speaking after signing a three-year contract to coach the national team, Oliseh, however, assured that he would be over 100 per cent committed to his job, adding that he had already started compiling a list of Nigerian players that have the potential to make his team.


The former Super Eagles’ captain said only players at the first cadre on the Nigerian league and those playing at renowned championships in the world would make his team. He also took time to explain his choice of assistants, saying he would

By Tony Ezimakor

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