SPORTS PULSE with VICTOR ENYINNAYA: Commotion in Super Eagles: Oliseh’s raw arrogance

By Daily Sports on October 13, 2015

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I did not want to comment on the shame that Sunday Oliseh visited on Nigeria in far away Belgium, simply because he came through the window as the coach of a high profile national team of the country, the Super Eagles. However, fans and other pundits have bombarded me with questions and counter-questions on why l have kept distance from the burning issue since it broke out. Let me be honest with you, I have said it over and again, that Oliseh is not the right choice for the Super Eagles job; but since few powerful bigwigs in the NFF said he is what they want: soldier go, soldier come, barrack remains!

It is no news that Sunday Oliseh does not have enough experience and technical evidence on coaching to earn him the job. He has never coached a top team (club or country) in the history of his new coaching career. Little wonder, therefore, his appointment was divisive, as it lacked due process. Yes, he has the UEFA licence, coaching certificate and he’s an excellent TV analyst. But these never tally with first-rate coaching skill, human-management, on-field proficiency, among others.
Oliseh is known for his arrogance, which boils down to lack of respect for others, no matter how highly placed. Mildly put, he does not know how to talk to people. He talks down on people and sees nothing good in others. That has been his major problem even when he was a player and his short-lived reign as captain of the team. Such bad manners earned him a sack in 2002, after he confronted then sports minister, late Mark Aku, during Mali 2002 Nations Cup. Yours truly covered that football summit and witnessed the raw that was Sunday Oliseh, who threw caution and good manners to the wind and questioned constituted authority. He was booted out, unsung and unwept. It was his lot, burden and also shame which sought after him, till Amaju Pinnick and his few conspirators packaged him thus far.
Oliseh, like a leopard which can never change its spots, recently, in Belgium, freely engaged the bereaved legendary safe gloves, Vincent Enyeama, who faithfully served the country for 13 years, in his spirited bid to ridicule him. To say the very least, Enyeama actively served the nation and capped for 101 never deserved such treatment from a mere Oliseh. History will judge Oliseh harsh for not being sincere even for once in his life.
My take here is that this is not Enyeama’s fight. History will triumph over falsehood and then vindicate the just. Oliseh has used this dirty politics to make space for the Wolves bench warmer-goalkeeper, who has just exposed his stuff in the friendly against DR Congo. Oliseh will cry last instead of laughing last. He has shot himself on the leg.
The genesis 

Oliseh may be playing the script written by his masters in the Football House. A recap: Enyeama had an issue with the NFF Disciplinary Committee sometimes ago when he allegedly declined to honour an invitation from the committee for making comments about the team’s safety in Kaduna during the first-leg game of the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Chad. Since then, he has been in the wrong books of the apex football body; in short, a target. This could be an obvious payback time, using Oliseh as a willing lame duck. But Oliseh went too far. Once again, confirming his low-ebb leadership ability, spiced with temperament question, which has been his template since his playing days.

 Let me confess that Vincent Enyeama could be defiant too. But the point here is that it takes a manager to spot the potency and weak-point of the people under him and cope with them, glowing. My submission here is that Vincent cannot just round-off like that after 13 years’ devotion to fatherland. Carl Ikeme has no experience. Enyeama ought to be by him and others, for them to understudy how he made it thick thus far, since Oliseh turned blind eye on Austin Ejide that merits a place in the team. No doubt that Oliseh lacks the capacity, leadership dexterity and human management skill to handle the Eagles. Head or tail, Oliseh’s arrogance may cost the nation the ticket to Gabon 2017 AFCON championship. As events unfold, keen followers of the Super Eagles would be updated. The truth is that all is not well in the team’s camp.

Meanwhile, we wait!                                                                 

•Enyinnaya can be reached via 08055060145 (sms only)

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 13, 2015


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