The President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has insisted that the governing body owe no apologies for appointing the unproven Sunday Oliseh as the coach of the Super Eagles.
Questions have been asked about Oliseh's extremely limited coaching experience, but Pinnick insists the former Nigeria captain is the right man for the job.
H declared that Oliseh’s playing career that saw him win Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze, Olympic gold and plus post–playing career work with FIFA Technical Study Group, and technology, will take care of that area.
“We have no regrets appointing Sunday Oliseh. Other African countries were gunning for him, but he opted for his country. Oliseh’s stock in international football is high because apart from his work with FIFA, he has a company that trains and grades coaches all over the world," Amaju was quoted as saying on the NFF website.
“What the NFF, Oliseh, the LMC and other aspects of Nigeria football need is support from everyone, and patience, so that we can put in place our development programs that will take the country’s game to a new height.”
NFF President Amaju Pinnick has again emphasized that Nigeria has the quality and quantity of population, and the wherewithal, to be a strong voice in the international sphere.
“When myself and other persons at the helm of Nigeria football travel out of the country, we go out there to project the Nigeria game, to seek for partners for Nigeria football in order that we can actualize our development plans.”
The NFF boss expressed delight at the impact of the Federation’s capacity-building programs, which has seen referees and coaches going to the United Kingdom for some interesting education.
“We can all see the impact of the new orientation in our referees who handle League matches, and everyone is now talking about the League again. We will soon begin to see the impact of the coaches’ training in match analysis, and we also have plans to send some administrators for similar programs.
“The present NFF leadership is driven by passion to make a difference, and we have that capacity to make the difference in administration of Nigeria football.”