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Oliseh has high hopes for Nigerian football

18 August 2015, 18:15

Lagos - Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed firm belief that the stock of Nigeria football will assume upward mobility again if Nigerian businesses commit to supporting the game.

Oliseh spoke in Lagos on Monday, at a colourful closing –gong ceremony on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

With NFF President Amaju Pinnick and CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Oscar Onyema on either side, Oliseh said it would not be too difficult to recreate a Golden Generation for Nigeria football if Corporate Nigeria rises to the support of the Nigeria Football Federation in the latter’s determination and real efforts to innovate robustly and take the Nigeria game to a new height.

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“The NFF has promised to give me total support in my developmental programs that are aimed at returning us to the glory days. I cannot achieve much without their support. But I am also aware that they cannot support me the way they would want to without adequate support and funding from Corporate Nigeria.

“We are starting from a near-zero point. There is nothing much on ground to develop on. But I have confidence that if we all work together, and we have patience, and we have support, we will get there.”

NFF President Pinnick called the visit, including the closing gong by Oliseh, a significant symbolic event that is meant to open the door for a more substantial project – the desire of the NFF to see Nigeria’s top clubs quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

“We consider this opportunity a priceless privilege. The NSE is a place for high integrity, transparency and accountability, and these are the values we want to drive in Nigeria football.

“We are determined to reposition Nigeria football and work with relevant stakeholders to build a sustainable football culture. We want to win matches but building the culture is more important.”

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