By Mike Oboh
The Nigeria Football Federation yesterday announced that former Super Eagles Captain Sunday Oliseh has been picked as the new coach of the senior national team, Super Eagles, saying the Nations Cup winner has the pedigree to lead the technical crew.
Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committee chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu said the details of the contract with the new handler will be made known in a number of days.
“An offer has been made, and there is understanding, but we have to work out the final details of the agreement in a few days. Of course, the Executive Board has to give approval for his appointment based on the final terms to be agreed,” Anyansi-Agwu said.
Oliseh will be coming along with a Foreign Technical Assistant, whose job will centre on development programmes, and who will work with clubs’ youth teams and certified academies towards developing the game from the grassroots.
Oliseh, according to Anyansi-Agwu is expected to come up with a five-year developmental plan to fashion out a unique playing and coaching philosophy for all the National Teams, and will for this purpose, interface regularly with coaches of those teams.
“We are also looking at how he will periodically organize clinics and seminars for coaches of Clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League, probably once in a month, so as to strengthen the playing philosophy across board. A robust youth development programme, elite player development strategy and performance programmes to drive higher standards, among other core sustainable development programmes, are also part of the proposal,” Anyansi-Agwu added.NFF President Amaju Pinnick on his parts said: “Sunday Oliseh has vast experience and immense knowledge of the game, and will certainly add value to what we are doing. He has bought into our vision and objectives towards the development of Nigeria football. He will command the respect of the players and we trust he has the temperament to work harmoniously with the Technical and Development Committee, the Technical Directorate and the Technical Study Group.
“On our part at the NFF, we will give him all the support to succeed as we have been giving to all our coaches. Subject to the approval of the NFF Executive Committee, we will conclude negotiations by weekend and he will be unveiled next week.”
Oliseh, 40, is presently a FIFA instructor, and runs a consultancy that trains and assesses coaches worldwide. He is also member of FIFA Technical Study Group.
Current stand-in Coach Salisu Yusuf will also be in the new team, but with greater devotion to the home-based team, otherwise known as Super Eagles B, and will be the interface between the technical crew and the home boys.