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Oliseh insists he’s not stubborn

17 July 2015, 14:11

Lagos - The 40-year old, who was unveiled as the new Super Eagles coach on Wednesday, is seen as a stubborn and divisive figure in certain quarters, following his unceremonious exit from the national team as captain in 2002, which left his reputation in tatters.

But in a bid to tell his own story, Oliseh has denied suggestions he is stubborn, but admits he is principled.

“People told you in 2002 that Oliseh Sunday is stubborn but do think if I was stubborn my Super Eagles teammates would have voted me captain?

“Do you think if I was stubborn I would captain a club in Europe?"

Also Read: NFF boss claims Oliseh snubbed ‘big countries’ for Nigeria

“Do you think if I was that wayward stubborn FIFA would employ me,” Oliseh asked in an angry tone.

The former Nigeria captain had a disagreement over match allowances and flight tickets refund with officials in 2002 after that year’s Africa Cup of Nations, which led to his banishment from the team at the time.

Speaking and reflecting on the incident thirteen years ago, Oliseh admitted that he was hurt by the way he was treated by the Nigeria football authorities.

“They sold my countrymen some things and it hurt me. It hurt me because they were trying to achieve an aim but we should put that to rest now,” he stated

- News24


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