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