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
“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.”For
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