—Super Eagles Coach To Scout North America For Players
By James Agberebi:
Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has offered some hope to the likes of Obafemi Martins, Bright Dike and Ikechukwu Uche by stating that invitation to the senior national team is not going to be focused mainly on European-based players, as he plans to explore North America for Nigerian players.
Oliseh made this known during a Google Hangout session, which was monitored by completesportsnigeria.com.
“We have our own little scouting network and I personally I am in charge of the European arm of it,” Oliseh said.
“But we are still looking out to try and see how we can get some people into the North American scene to see what is available for us there.”
Martins was out injured for almost three months but returned over the weekend to score twice for Seattle Sounders, while Uche is yet to gain full fitness since joining Mexican top flight side Tigres, Copa Libertadores losing finalists.
Former Eagles skipper Oliseh pointed out that he will be working with a number of players who can play the creative position which has been problematic for the team for years now.
He added: “Concerning the play-maker role, we have some players already. We cannot give it out to just one player because of the modern football evolution. But we have certain players in the team who can share that responsibility.
“We are going to start working on them in training especially from the home-based and then we will migrate them into the foreign-based that will be coming in some weeks time.”
He also said that the introduction of young players will be done gradually, as he will still be banking on some experienced players.
“Introducing young players into the team, for me it is a gradual process, we have to take it step by step,” he said.
“But it doesn’t matter whether young or old, what is important is that there are certain positions that you also need some degree of experience. So we have to see what is available to us.”