Oliseh: Why I Insist On Top Players For Eagles
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh took to his personal website to explain his vision for the team. DAVID MESHIOYE monitored the video for completesportsnigeria.com…
ON THE JOB SO FAR
First and foremost let me start off by thanking you for all your well wishes on my appointment as Super Eagles coach. At the moment we are assembling a new team all together, as a matter of fact we are starting from the scratch getting the players we feel are going to fit into the style we want to play. As we speak, our search is into two phases first the home-based players and second the foreign-based players.
Currently we have visited some of our players at the clubs and watched them play; we have also made contacts with several potential players who we hope to assemble as we play our first Nations Cup qualifier against Tanzania in September. That is where we are right now.
ON TEAM’S PREPARATIONS FOR TANZANIA CLASH
We’ll start training hopefully mid-August and eventually we will round it off before going to Tanzania to play Tanzania.
WHO QUALIFIES TO PLAY UNDER OLISEH
As at the moment there has been a lot of talk on the fact that we have decided that first division players are the players we will find eligible to serve our country. We feel only the best should play for Nigeria and if you’re not the best in the country then play for the best club in the first division. Of course there could be some exception; some players who play in the second division.
BASIS FOR DECISION
The basis for that decision is this: players in the first division are used to a certain tempo and competition standard because of what competition entails. For that reason we need the best who are used to playing at this tempo to serve and play for Nigeria; that is what we’ve decided on that one. And of course these apply to fringe players. When I say fringe players I’m talking about players who are used to the tempo and how they play on the pitch. That doesn’t apply to goalkeepers because goalkeepers are a different breed as we call them. These also apply to players who are coming up the ranks and players who have played for junior national teams; they are also eligible to play for Super Eagles.
ON TOP PLAYERS WITH RELEGATED CLUBS
A player who has excel led for Nigeria and won laurels for Nigeria whom we feel is at the top of his game, if in the future due to no fault of his, his team went down to the second division we will monitor him. And if the club refuse to sell him and tie him down; those are the kind of players we have to reshape and probably give exception to. At the moment we stand firm and we feel the best has to play for Nigeria.
ON THE WORLD CUP DRAW
We are delighted with the preliminary draw of the World Cup that will see us play our game in the second round of the qualifiers against Djibouti or Swaziland away first and second leg at home. That is good for us because we get to play the last game in Nigeria and that we feel is an ideal choice. Although that does not really guarantee us qualifying.
I use this opportunity to thank you; my assistant, and other members of the coaching crew. We thank you for all your wishes. We will do everything possible to make you proud of us and to love watching Super Eagles. Thank you very much and stay blessed.