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Oliseh: Nigeria don't have top players

31 July 2015, 12:09

Lagos - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh says the Nigeria National team don't have top players playing for top clubs, in various European leagues.

‎The 40-year-old made this known in an interview on Fifa.com, where he also admitted that even though he finally felt ready for the job, he hesitated to accept the challenging offer.

Nigeria currently boast two players Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, both not regulars at English Premier League team Chelsea, as they are top ‎players in a top club but, Oliseh says he is hopeful they can fashion out a winning formula with the potentials in the team.

Also read: Oliseh denies making U-turn on players’ selection

“To coach Nigeria is not the easiest job in the world and one is only as good as the players. Nigeria at the moment has a lot of potential, but we don't have a lot of confirmed players in the top clubs in the top leagues, so taking over the national team now means we have to remake the whole team and introduce a new philosophy of playing style, culture and mentality," he said.

"That is very difficult to do when you are the national team coach because you have very limited time with the players, unlike when you coach a club. So that is why I was very hesitant.”

He called on Nigerians not to expect instant result as he is not promising a quick return to the glory days but, has his sights on one game at a time starting from the Tanzania game.

"There are expectations we all have dreams, and I am hoping I will be as successful as I can be. But one has to be realistic also. We have just started, and our first step is to hopefully just win [AFCON qualifier] against Tanzania. That is what I am praying for. Game by game.”

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