By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has explained why he dropped Ike Shorunmu and Hounadinou Valere, saying he wanted a fresh beginning for the senior national team.
Shorunmu and Valere who assisted coach Stephen Keshi to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa were rejected by Oliseh shortly after he was appointed as the new manager while Salisu Yusuf was retained in the team.
Oliseh said in Abuja that his decision was without malice, adding that he is doing things in his own way with a different coaching crew to impact his own philosophy and tactics in the players so that they can be in the direction he wants the players to be.
“I have done everything to make things different. I came up with a new coaching crew for players to understand where we are going to. If we fail to win, criticize us but at the same time praise us if we win. That is how it should be,” said the former Juventus player.
On his relationship with sacked Keshi, Oliseh said it cannot be said to be sour but that he has not called his former captain in the national team since he took charge of the Super Eagles.
“Personally, I have not called him and I think we are different personalities with different ideologies. On the other hand, I think it will be unfair to Keshi for me to start any comparison or say things about him.”
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