Reactions have continued to trail the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to appoint ex Super Eagles player, Sunday Oliseh as the head coach of the men’s national team.
Erstwhile technical director of the Nigeria Football Association, Kashimawo Laloko, has said that the former Borussia Dortmund and Ajax midfielder lacks the experience required to manage the the team.
“I don’t think he has the necessary experience to be Super Eagles coach. He is educated and very organised as a player, but his success will depend on how organised he is as a coach. Managing a national team is very different from coaching a club.
Besides, being a good footballer and analyst does not automatically make you a fantastic coach. But one thing I can be sure of is that he will introduce a new structure in the team; Keshi never had any structure, and that was what affected the team last year. Oliseh might have the UEFA pro licence but it is required that he has a CAF licence, that is what we have on ground as the rule,” he said.
Former Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Clemens Westerhof also shared the same opinion.
“Did you say Sunday Oliseh to be Super Eagles coach? No, no, no, no! That cannot be, he can’t be
Super Eagles coach. Oliseh cannot do it, no, he can’t. If what you just said is correct, if Nigeria Federation is bringing Oliseh to handle Super Eagles, then that is too bad because it is not right, it is not proper, he is not the right man for the job.
He continued, “Before I took over Super Eagles in 1989, I was head coach of Feyenord of Amsterdam and we were champions after many years. I coached other top teams in the first division, Vitese, MVV and came back to Vitese again. I had the experience coaching top teams. Keshi was a top quality player in Belgium with Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasburg in France, Sacramento Scorpions and all that. He coached several other top teams including Togo and Mali.
Where did Oliseh coach? What is his coaching experience? Do you want to start learning how to coach with the senior national team? Coaching amateur teams is not enough to get experience of handling top teams like Super Eagles. Players cannot respect him, you know, he cannot command their respect and influence as they loved and respected me, as they also respected and loved Keshi. What the Super Eagles need is a coach who the players will love to respect, who has positive influence on the players and I don’t think Oliseh has these qualities.” He concluded.