The ex-Chelsea man has been named the new Super Eagles’ handler, as he affirmed he was pleased to coach the three-time African champions Jose Mourinho has been named the new head coach of Nigeria following the departure of interim Samson Siasia.
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President of the Nigeria Football Federation
Amaju Pinnick has declared that Sunday Oliseh
will be the last Nigerian coach for the Super
Eagles under the current board. Pinnick made
the position of the federation known while
speaking at the 18th Annual Africa Business
Conference of the Harvard Business School,
Boston, Massachusetts, United States according
The FA boss told the gathering that the
federation had reached the end of the road in
keeping faith with Nigerians as head of the
Eagles coaching staff.
He said, “After this Sunday Oliseh debacle, we
have definitely turned the corner. We are now
going to start shopping for a well-grounded and
qualified foreign coach to tinker the team.
Enough is enough. “What we have learnt is that
there is a world of difference between being a
good coach and being a good manager.”
The Olympic Eagles coach Samson Siasia was
announced as a quick replacement for Oliseh
last Friday in what is seen as a temporary
measure. And with Pinnick’s statement any
thought of keeping Siasia for a long period as
the Eagles coach may have been laid to rest.
Oliseh and the NFF parted ways last week after
just eight months on the job. The former Eagles
captain made public his resignation in the early
hours of Friday via Twitter .
In his Twitter message Oliseh said he was
quitting, “Due to contract violations, lack of
support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players,
assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super
Eagles chief coach. I feel fortunate, blessed and
eternally grateful for having had the honour to
play, captain and coach this great nation of
The NFF members had first talked about getting
a foreigner as the Eagles coach soon after
asking the former Eagles coach Stephen Keshi
to go last year. Oliseh’s appearance on the
scene ended the talks about getting somebody
No name has been mentioned but if the NFF go
all the way, it may mean having foreigners in
the two senior national teams as the FA had
announced in February that they are in search
of a foreigner for the Super Falcons too.
Ademola Olajire, an Assistant Director of
Communications in the Nigeria Football
Federation, on Saturday said the resignation of
the Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh,
surprised the body.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the
former Eagles gaffer resigned his appointment
on Thursday via his Twitter handle, citing
contract violations, unpaid wages and benefits
to players and assistant coaches.
Subsequently, the NFF announced the former
coach of the Super Eagles Samson Siasia as
interim manager in his place.
Olajire told NAN on telephone that the
impression Oliseh gave in the course of the
week was that he was preparing for the next
match against Egypt.
“His resignation was a surprise. There is no way
we could have known, and he gave us little
premonition about his resignation; we did not
see it coming.
“All through the week, Oliseh kept on talking
about meeting the Super Eagles players in
Europe and assessing their form and all sorts;
that is all we got from him.
“After his YouTube error, he called everybody,
including the NFF and apologised for the
misbehaviour and promised it will never
“Now that Oliseh has resigned it was a surprise
to us, but to bridge the gap, (Samson) Siasia
has been appointed to take charge with
(Emmanuel) Amuneke assisting him,” he said.