Despite denial by officials of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh, had been contacted and selected as Super Eagles’ next coach. It emerged yesterday that NFF president had met Oliseh in London to conclude the deal at Marriot hotel.
The duo posed for pictures, apparently happy at negotiations so far and sent it out to friends. The NFF terminated former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi’s contract last Saturday, citing lack of commitment, and accusing Keshi of applying to the Ivorian FA for the vacant coaching job which contravenes the two-year contract he signed last April. Oliseh, who won 63 caps for the country, was part of the AFCON squads in 1994 and 2000.
He featured in the 1996 Olympic team that won gold and played at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. He is currently working as a pundit, sport consultant and FIFA Technical Committee member.
He previously coached Belgian lower league side Vervietois between 2001 and 2009. Oliseh, who has the highest UEFA coaching license and has not been in an active coaching job lately, though is reported to have said in February that he was not interested in the Super Eagles job.
After Keshi’s sack, former Super Eagles head coach and the Technical Director of the NFF, Shuaibu Amodu, was named alongside Salisu Yusuf, the acting Coach, as interim managers for the team as they play the qualifying series for the 2016 Cup of Nations, which will take place in Gabon.