July 22, 2018

See how Sunday Oliseh can save Super Eagles by Ifeanyi Agwuncha

See how Sunday Oliseh can save Super Eagles by Ifeanyi Agwuncha

He is the new national team coach. His name rings a bell amongst soccer lovers who still remember the 40 yards strike in Nigeria vs Spain at the France 1998 World Cup, that beat Andoni Zuzuberatta now of the management of FC
A good player for Club and Country. Sunday O. Oliseh had a successful career that saw him lace his boots for Juventus amongst other elite teams.
After calling it quits with competitive football he joined the Fifa Technical Team Study Group participating in the last mundial in Brazil.

Oliseh holds  a UEFA coaching licence but is yet to cut his teeth at the pinnacle of the game at a 1st division club or a national side. His critics point to this gaping hole in his CV, but the defence of those who root for him is that German Franz Beckenbauer won the World Cup in 1990 and snagged a runners up medal as a coach of the German National
Side at the 1986 Mundial, and prior to these feats had never trained any side !
They also argue that Pep Guardiola never coached any A side but later went on to become the most successful coach in Barcelona’s history.

The Logic of those who pràise the appointment of Sunday Oliseh is impressive. The protagonists say Oliseh is a no nonsense person and won’t be any person’s pawn; while those who loathe his appointment are of the view that he lacks discipline.  They cite his omission from the 2002 World Cup and the termination of his services by his club in Germany for assaulting a player as poignant examples!
Is it yet Uhuru with Sunday Oliseh?
Our football is in decline, despite our winning the AFCON 2013 because, in the last couple of years we have ebbed lower and lower in the round leather game especially in the Senior National Team.
Back in the 1990’s we were successful, at least in the period between 1990-1998. We qualified for the Mundial in 1994 and 1998, won Gold at the Atlanta olympic games in 1996 where we put up an exhilarating display and our players were the best on the continent. Rasheed Yekini, Victor Ikpeba, Emmanuel Amunike, Nwankwo Kanu won the CAF Best Player award in that era. And at that time we also had our players ply their trade with great teams in Europe.
The story is different today! This is the Super Eagles and situation Mr. Oliseh would be meeting. To blossom in soccer like in any other endeavor in life, you need  good planning and patience amongst others.
Aside Clement Westerhof who stayed for 5 yrs at the helm from 1989 -1994 and masterminded the success that followed, no coach has had such luxury of time becàuse they were usually sacked before their plans came to fruition.
To get the best out of our team Oliseh needs time, so ethe NFF should allow him succeed and implement his
ideas to the letter! Nothing else!

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