Former Coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh has opined that Nigerian football began nose diving from 2002, ABZ can report.
The defensive midfielder was dropped from the 2002 World Cup squad alongside the likes of George Finidi and Austin Okoch was handed the Captain’s armband by the late Festus Onigbende.
Speaking on Channels sports Sunday with Ken Ochonogor, Oliseh revealed “……..they stole the team from Nigeria in 2002 and they destroyed it. Somehow, in a large way they destroyed Nigeria’s football from 2002. My generation took over from Stephen Keshi and it was not destroyed before Keshi gave it over – he handed it over because I played under skippo (may his soul rest in peace).”
Meanwhile, Oliseh has backpedaled on his previous decision not to manage the senior national team again.
The 46-year-old, who was appointed by the Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in July, 2015 lasted just seven months on the job after falling out with the football body over a breach of contract and lack of support.
He said: “My country is my country, nobody can take it from me. You can make any comment you want to make, but I am first – a Nigerian before anything else. So, if my country really needs me to help out and they ask me to come and do it, I will do it.”
“But I will not do it if I am giving the best of my knowledge for my country to work and somebody is just taking it ‘yes or no’ and then eventually we all fail. I resigned from the Super Eagles because I had decided that when I was sick, I was going to stop because I did not get any help from the federation.”
Oliseh has been without a team since he helped Dutch side Fortuna Sittard gain promotion to the Eredivisie in 2018.