Thursday, 15 October 2015

SEE What Ex-International Told Sunday Oliseh Over Enyeama Spat

Nigeria’s coach, Sunday Oliseh is under attack again following his spat with former Super Eagles number one choice shot stopper, Vincent Enyeama.

According to former midfield player, Moses Kpakor, Oliseh was quite immature with how he handled issues in the team’s camp in Belgium, for which Enyeama eventually retired from the team.

Kpakor has therefore advised the coach to ensure he puts up a level of diplomacy in handling of the na­tional team if he hopes to have a smooth spell.

According to The Sun, Kpakor advised Oliseh, stating that duty of a coach goes beyond being with the players on the field of play for prac­tice sessions and matches.

“Yes, he must instill discipline but he needs to be diplomatic in his actions as I think he did not even consult with the NFF before attempting to send Enyeama out of camp. Oliseh needs to win the confidence of his players to get the best out of them. If he does not adopt diplomacy and ma­turity, his temperament will ruin him as Eagles coach.

“I am in favour of the appointment of ex-internationals handling our national team as long as the person is qualified but I fault the manner in which Sunday Oliseh was appointed.

“Yes, we need younger minds on the job but there is need for maturity in the coaches. Oliseh’s action in the Su­per Eagles camp in Bel­gium which saw to the sacking of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama clearly shows he lacks maturity.

“This may have been because he has gotten his salary for three months ahead. The action by the NFF is wrong because in Nigeria, the system is to get paid after the job is done on a monthly basis. Why was he paid in advance when Keshi was not paid for several months.

“It only amounts to a double standard on the part of the NFF. The action may have been to encourage him but it is a wrong step because it is not our practice in Nige­ria,” he explained.

The feud between the Nigerian coach and his former captain began when the latter arrived late to camp ahead of the team’s international friendly loss to Congo, and attempted to explain reasons for his absence.

He was reportedly shut down by the coach and was subsequently stripped off the captain’s armband which was later handed over the Ahmed Musa.

Meanwhile, the coach was reported to have travelled to Belgium to see a doctor on the account of his illness, but the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have debunked the claim, saying he would return to the team for the match against Burkina Faso.