Former Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Clemens Westerhof, has condemned the move by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to offer untested Sunday Oliseh the coaching reins of the country’s senior national team.
According to the Dutchman, Oliseh, his former player, lacks the technical capability to lead the team, especially at this crucial time giving the sack of former coach, Stephen Keshi. He also maintained the NFF is committing a blunder by hiring a greenhorn coach who has not gotten the requisite experience to handle the team.
“No, no, that cannot be, he can’t be Super Eagles coach. Oliseh cannot, no, he can’t,” Westerhof said. “If the Nigeria Football Federation is bringing Oliseh to handle the 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. “Before I took over the Super Eagles in 1989, I was the head coach of Feyenoord and we were champions after many years. I coached other top teams in the first division, Vitesse, MVV and came back to Vitesse again.
“Keshi was a top quality player in Belgium with Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg in France, Sacramento Scorpions and all that. He coached several other teams including Togo and Mali.” “What the players need is a coach who they will love to respect, who has a positive influence on the players, and I don’t think Oliseh has these qualities,” Westerhof added.