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Oliseh Gives Players In Lower Leagues Hope

Sunday Oliseh is loosing out tough ends on his inaugural speech as Super Eagles coach were he said only players in top divisions are eligible to play for his team. In a five minutes video message on his official website yesterday, Oliseh said after studying the situation carefully with his assistants adjustments and modifications have been effected to accommodate some categories of players in lower divisions.

“Nigeria deserves the best players and I maintain that stand,” he started. But after a careful study of the situation, we in the technical crew decided to give room for some categories of players who might not be playing at the to level but have impressed us with their style of play and their professionalism.

What I’m saying is that we will accommodate exceptional players from lower divisions and other players who have serve the country but get relegated with their clubs   “This adjustments will in no way shift our focus at getting the best players to play for Nigeria from top divisions all over the world. He also gave update on how he had started work as Eagles helmsman stating that he had visited some of the players identified as front-runners for his squad.

“I have visited some players I consider pivotal to the team, held fruitful discussions with them and I think we are good to go. Though the visit is on going but because of the time left before the Tanzania match we have to stop at some point to begin preparation towards the match.”

“We are expected to assemble by mid August to begin training and hopefully we shall get it right,” he said. Oliseh also said that he understands and is motivated by the concerns expressed over his lack of coaching experience as he gets set to announce his first list of invited players for upcoming games. Concerns continue to grow over his lack of ‘proper coaching experience’, which has prompted many to doubt his coaching capability, as his only experience as a coach came seven years ago when he was briefly in charge of Belgian third division outfit, Vervetois.

“Many out of love for our fatherland have expressed their doubts in my coaching crew and my ability to coach and take to a higher level the Super Eagles. This is understandable to an extent but definitely an added motivation,” Oliseh said. “I am fully aware that though this is the honeymoon period of the job as we are yet to play a game, there are all kinds of other uphill difficulties ahead of us,” he added.

-Chimaobi Uchendu

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