Super Eagles Vacancy: Sunday Oliseh Slams NFF, Names Preferred Candidates for Nigeria Coaching Role

Super Eagles Vacancy: Sunday Oliseh Slams NFF, Names Preferred Candidates for Nigeria Coaching Role

Ero Samson
updated at March 29, 2024 at 2:38 PM
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  • The Nigeria Football Federation are still on the lookout for an ideal head coach for the Super Eagles
  • Former coach, Sunday Oliseh, recently aired his thoughts on the national team's coaching situation
  • The 49-year-old has identified two candidates he wants named as the Super Eagles' next manager

The coaching situation at Nigeria's Super Eagles is once again sparking conversations across the country's footballing circles, following the disappointing defeat suffered against Mali.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are yet to name an ideal successor to replace Jose Peseiro, despite the flurry of applications they have received since announcing his departure.

Several elite managers have made their intentions clear for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists, adding another layer of intrigue to the Super Eagles' coaching situation.

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Sunday Oliseh during a Jupiler League match between Fortuna Sittard and Jong FC Utrecht. Image: VI Images.
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However, the latest to weigh in on the coaching situation is former Nigeria midfielder, Sunday Oliseh.

The 49-year-old has slammed the NFF regarding its recruitment process and has named his preferred candidates to be named Nigeria's next coach.

Oliseh on Super Eagles vacancy

In an interview with Punch Sports, the former Nigeria coach delved into the ongoing debate surrounding the selection of the next Nigeria coach.

Drawing parallels with the recent recruitment process at Premier League club, Liverpool, Oliseh remarked:

"Let’s consider this: when Jurgen Klopp announced his departure from Liverpool last month, did you hear or read anywhere that the club was accepting applications for the job? The only thing Liverpool is currently doing is searching for a coach who aligns with their philosophy and style."

The former Super Eagles captain went on to express his preference for the coaching role:

"Everyone knows I advocate for an indigenous coach to lead the Eagles. [Emmanuel] Amuneke and Finidi [George] are suitable for the job," Oliseh stated. "Any true football fan understands that the Eagles do not require a foreign coach, but the local coach must possess strong leadership qualities."
"I am against a foreign coach for our national team. It was a local coach who secured AFCON victories for Ivory Coast and Senegal," he added.

Oliseh briefly managed the Super Eagles in 2015 but resigned due to issues related to alleged violations of his contract terms and claims of unpaid wages by the NFF.

Finidi discloses his ambition

Sports Brief earlier reported on interim coach, Finidi George, disclosing his ambitions with the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The 52-year-old hinted at emulating a former Nigerian coach, who guided the West African giants to past AFCON success.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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