Oliseh should tame his temperament to succeed, say football analysts



Football analysts in Umuahia, the Abia capital, have expressed satisfaction with the appointment of Sunday Oliseh as the Super Eagles Head Coach.

The analysts, however, warned that he should check his temperament if he hoped to succeed.

Reacting to the appointment of the former skipper of the nation’s senior team by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), the analysts said they had no problem with his choice.

The former Director of Sports in the state, Ejikeme Ikwunze, popularly called ‘Mr Football’, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia on Saturday that the choice was well made.

Ikwunze said that Oliseh had the pedigree to handle the Eagles, having played at the national team and in different clubs across the world.

He, however, warned that Oliseh needed to tame his temperament to avoid friction with the players and the NFF.

‘’He should strive to work harmoniously with the NFF and his players,’’ he said.

Speaking in the same vein, a member of the state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Hyacinth Okoli, said that Oliseh had the capability to handle the national team.

Okoli said that aside from his experience as a player and coach, “he has also acquired education that will equip him to deliver on the job.

“I do not have any problem with his choice but he needs to check his temperament,’’ he said.

The Chairman of SWAN in the state, Vincent Obike, on his part, expressed cautious optimism about the chances of the ex-Nigerian international to succeed, saying that his performance would depend on some variables.

“I am aware that he has undergone some coaching training in Europe after an illustrious playing career.

“He has been outspoken on the nation’s football, creating an impression that he is capable of providing answers to the technical need of Nigerian football.

“He is a serious guy, who understands the Nigerian system but I cannot stick out my neck on whether he will be a success because this will depend on some variables,’’ Obike said.

The SWAN chairman, who said that he perceived the choice of Olise as “a gamble by the NFF,’’ feared that he would “fallout with NFF, if they interfere in his job unduly’’.

He urged Nigerians to give Oliseh a chance, saying that the country should continue to give opportunities to indigenous coaches.

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  • Francis Uwaechi

    Taming political meddling in the beautiful game will be the recipe for his success. Has he got the clout to be his own man? One is not entirely convinced.

  • AriseNigeria

    NFF is an administrative soccer body that is responsible for issues of administrative works, securing visas for players, arranging for soccer venues with coach inputs, scheduling friendlies, booking travel and hotel reservations, as well as paying players and coaches on time. The coach need the freedom, the liberty, and the independent to select his players, and all the necessary support and motivation that he needs to succeed. I am sure Oliseh will be open to suggestions, recommendations and what have you, but it must be clear and understood from all quarters that the coach has the ultimate decision and should not be penalized for his decisions in matters that pertains to his team, selection or playing patterns and tactics. NFF should focus on players welfare and nothing more, and if everybody sticks to their contract and responsibilities, and know that they (Coach & NFF) compliments each other, I don’t think we will have problem raising the golden cup in Russia 2018.