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Oliseh: Sack Green Now

24 Nov 2011

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Former Nigeria skipper Sunday Oliseh has asked for the removal of Chris Green as chairman of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

This week, Green criticised Oliseh for not congratulating Stephen Keshi on his appointment as the new Nigeria coach and also told Oliseh to gain more experience before he could apply for the Eagles top coaching post.

Oliseh has now said in response that since Samson Siasia was sacked for failing to qualify Nigeria to the 2012 Nations Cup, Green, who boasted how he appointed Siasia ahead of Stephen Keshi, ought to also be sacked.

“Green boastfully told me on telephone how he orchestrated the appointment of Sammy (Siasia) over Stephen Keshi based on the popular demand at the time and the fact that he despised Stephen Keshi’s big-man attitude,” Oliseh said in a statement.

“This implies that since Sammy was sacked, he should also be sacked! That’s how it is done in any serious footballing nation.”

He continued: “There actually are in the NFF some young and educated people who really have the interest of the nation at heart and they are just not allowed to effect change by the presence of people like Green!

“I know it hurts Green and people like him in the NFF that after all their lives, cooked up insinuations about me and my so-called Mafia colleagues, we are still the most loved and clamoured for Super Eagles in Nigeria’s history, it is because they are not aware that the Nigerian is probably one of the most intelligent man you can have, you cannot deceive him for long!”

Oliseh insisted that the technical committee which Green heads ought to have informed Siasia that at 2-1 against Guinea, Nigeria would have qualified for the Nations Cup.

“When I read that Sammy was not aware that at 2-1 vs. Guinea we had qualified for the 2012 AFCON, I wondered what was the job of the technical committee headed by Green? They should provide the coach with such technical details. Why should you be the head of the technical committee if you have no clue to techniques?” queried Oliseh.

The former Nigeria skipper, who said he was thrown out of the team in 2002 for standing up for the other players, disclosed that he was approached by NFF president Aminu Maigari to replace James Peters as technical director.

He said it is laughable that suggestions he now be named to lead the Nigeria U20s so as to gain experience.

“I have heard rumours of the NFF’s intention to give me the Under 20s to coach to prove myself. All I can do is laugh... with all due respect to the likes of Keshi or Austin Eguavoen, the first jobs they had was coaching the Super Eagles (I know because I was still active).

“These colleagues did not even play a quarter of the playing career that God blessed me with, have even till date not even enough qualifications to coach even 14-year-olds here in Europe and still they have to be given preferential treatment over us?

“The only reason they are now thinking of offering me the Under-20 is so that they would do everything possible to jeopardise your name and make you fail since Nigerians are now clamouring for a qualified and educated Nigerian to finally coach the super Eagles.

“Some, Green inclusive, talk about experience, they forget that till date I am the first Nigerian to have held a coaching job in Europe as a chief coach RSCV Verviers in Belgium, made up of professionals and semi-professionals.

“Or they prefer experience in doing things the wrong way like they do.

“I ask them to ask Guardiola or Rijkaard what experience they had before they coached Barcelona and the Holland national team, respectively.”

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  • Oliseh, i must confess right from the very first day i saw you in person, i strongly believe you have all the technical no how to handle the super eagles. Speak up and speak against the ills that have bedeviled our super eagles. i love you cos you re straight in all you believe in.

    From: hilton

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I believe Oliseh is capable of couching the Super Eagles of Nigeria. The fact is that, he is not willing to play the Nigerian politics and NFF knows it. Let us try to encourage people who are willing to do the right thing irrespective of experience in the field so far he is qualified. It appears the NFF knows the Oliseh is qualified but hidges their excuse on 'experience'. He has coached a club in Europe, must he coach a Nigerian club or team before the NFF accept his exprience?

    However, I will love to encourage Oliseh to be patient and exercise humility in his conduct and words. These are the paths of greatness. If NFF wants to offer him a coaching job for the under '20s', let him grab it. who knows, it may be a stepping stone for him. it is not compulsory for him or any qualified coach to start from the top.

    From: Jimmy, Anietie

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Oliseh your statement is true. I advise you move on and leave the Eagles job for the time being pending when the confusion and frustration in the team is resolved. The Committee had no job other than to sack coaches and encouraging weak players that was why they did not know that 2-1 would have qualified Nigeria for the Nation cup.

    From: Chukstony

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • In the heat of the disappointment that saw us out of the African cup they threw away the baby with the water. Siasia was one of the best coaches that have coached the super eagles, unfortunately there is too much sentiments around to think clearly. Keshi should have been here long before now, we will all soon discover to our disappointment that the magic he had, has been exhausted in Togo and Mali

    From: lord tee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This man Oliseh seems to be out of mind.He boasts of himself as if he is God. Such men are better kept at far distance.

    From: Olanusi Akintayo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I must confess that Oliseh is not wise in speaking out. He is causing rift and bad blood between Green and Keshi with his unguarded ejaculations by revealing what someone told him in confidence. I guess this is a sign of arrogance, a height of pride that is nauseating. Humility is far from him and he sure has a rebellious spirit. He may make a good coach but a bad leader who is so full of himself.

    From: Olusiji Vanderpuye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I support you just because of how u stood in support of ur colleagues then, ilove man that stand for truth and fight for justice, u v rightly said Rijkard or Guardiola may not have previous experience before assuming the post,just believe in yoursef and kep gathering the experience. your time shall definitely come

    From: Awesu taofeeq

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This Olise will never change, so arrogant and always full of himself. He should address issues in a more matured way. He sees himself as educated but his utterances are just too substantial.
    We dont need such characters as the super Eagles coach

    From: Allan Alade

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • SUNDAY OLISEH IS AN ARROGANT FOOL WHO DO NOT KNOW HIS MATES. KESHI, EGUAVOEN ARE NOT IN THE SAME CLASS WITH HIM NOT TO EVEN TALK OF SIASIA. HE WAS A BABE WHEN KESHI LED THE EXODUS OF NIGERIAN PLAYERS TO EUROPE. WITHOUT THE SUCCESS STORIES OF THE KESHI, AND OTHERS HE WOULD NEVER HAD GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY IN EUROPE. OLISEH SHOULD STOP LIVING IN A FOOL'S PARADISE BECAUSE JAYJAY OKOCHA IS STILL A BETTER PLAYER THAN HIM.

    From: LISA, OTIS

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Oliseh, I always admire your technical ability even as a player. then most of the goals scored by Yekin and other strikers re usually from ur passes. Unfortunately, the so called technical comm'tt and the NFF members ought to have resigned their appointments for the failure of eagles to qualify on home advatage and Falcons. I advise you don't waste ur time answering them bcos they would never change pls. Most of us know Green never liked Keshi. We only thank for increasing our blood pressure.
    Chris Umeadi,

    From: Chris-PH

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Oliseh is hot tempered and undiplomatic. He seems impatient and does not really have that X-factor of leading a footballing Nation like Nigeria.He should excuse us all this rhetorics please!!

    From: Billion

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • My dear Sunday, don't mind Green. He is an oportunist. He doesn't know what he's dooing.Truely he has no technical clue.

    From: David Olopade

    Posted: 2 years ago

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