.New Coach Says: I Come To Serve Nigeria, Not To Wage War –
Former Nigerian captain Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh, who resumed as Head Coach of the Super Eagles on Wednesday, 15 July, will immediately be paid three months’ salary in advance, reports eyeonthenews.com.
President of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Amaju Pinnick, who presided over the unveiling of Oliseh as Eagles’ coach in Abuja Wednesday, disclosed to the audience that “the NFF would immediately pay three months’ salary of Oliseh and his assistants in advance”.
Eyeonthesports.com gathered that the three months’ salary advance is expected to be paid into Oliseh’s account any moment from today, as he takes over the senior national team from former Coach, Stephen Keshi, who was sacked by the NFF recently.
Immediately after his unveiling, Oliseh said with a clear message to the generality of Nigerians that: “I come to serve my country, not to wage a war.”
There were several questions and insinuations at Wednesday’s colourful official presentation ceremony bothering on Oliseh’s perceived ‘stubborness,’ but the former captain swiftly differentiated between being principled and being stubborn.
“I have come to serve, and the NFF has promised to give me all the support I need to succeed. They are the employers and I am the employee. That distinction has to be appreciated at all times.
“I have had meetings with members of the Technical and Development Committee, led by Chief Anyansi-Agwu, very knowledgeable people all. I have met members of the Executive Committee and the General Secretary. I believe we will all work together excellently. It is a huge honour to be Head Coach of Nigeria.”
“My assistants and myself will not invite to the camp of the National Team of Nigeria, any player who is not playing in the top division in the recognized Leagues of the world, including Nigeria.
“The only exception would be those players from any of the age-grade National Teams that we find exceptional and deserving of an opportunity to try and win shirts in the senior team.
“One thing I will say, dear compatriots, is that I am not a Messiah. I have come to do my very best, give 150%, to take Nigeria football to the next level, with the support of my assistants, the NFF and relevant stakeholders. I am optimistic that we will lift the Nigeria game to a new height.”
The multi-lingual Oliseh, who played professionally in Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and won Olympic football gold, Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze and played in two FIFA World Cup final competitions, signed a three-year contract with an option for an additional another year.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick presided over the event, supported by Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Executive Committee members Anyansi-Agwu, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, Babagana Kalli and Ahmad Kawu, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and other members of NFF management, including Technical Director Shaibu Amodu.