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Oliseh: Sack Green Now

24 Nov 2011

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Sunday Oliseh


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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