Ijeh drums support for Oliseh

Former Nigeria striker Peter Ijeh has backed Sunday Oliseh to succeed as coach of the Super Eagles.


Ijeh, a former top goal scorer in the Nigerian league, said Oliseh will be a success if he gets the right environment to thrive.


“His (Oliseh) appointment was awesome and we must begin to celebrate our own. He can succeed only if he is given the right atmosphere and resources needed. Of course Nigerians have to be positive and support him, not sabotage his efforts,” the Sweden-based Ijeh, who holds a UEFA license in coaching, said.


On Oliseh’s preference for a foreigner as one of his assistants, alongside Salisu Yusuf, Ijeh added, “That’s his choice but I believe there are other Nigerians with equal qualifications that can do the job too.


It will depend on where he (Oliseh) needs help. Salisu’s job will focus on the home-based players and their integration. But the Nigeria Football Federation still needs a developmental trainer on specifics. A playing culture is necessary for easy integration of the young players. But the developmental programme has to be flexible and not rigid.”


Meanwhile, football administrator Shuaib Gara Gombe says the Nigeria Football Federation did not follow due process in the appointment of Sunday Oliseh as the new coach of the Super Eagles.


“His (Oliseh) appointment is against the laws of the land because due process was not followed. When a vacancy exists in the national team, there should be a call for applications. The Technical Committee has to interview the applicants and then report to the Executive Committee before a decision is taken and eventual announcement (made),” Gara Gombe stated on Facebook.


“With the kind of responsibilities given to Oliseh as enumerated on the NFF website, it is not a job that should have been given at the comfort of a Marriott Hotel in London. In as much as the NFF Act is still in force and the body is not a private organisation, it must subject itself to the laws of our land, which stipulates due process in the appointment of public servants including the coach of the national team.”


Source: Punch

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