Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick affirmed yesterday that the appointment of former Super Eagles captain Sunday Oliseh was not a mistake. He added that the NFF has full confidence Oliseh will deliver results.
Oliseh, was appointed in July after coach Stephen Keshi was fired for job hunting. The appointment of Oliseh attracted mixed reactions, but Pinnick insisted that Oliseh was Nigeria’s own version of Pep Guardiola.
“People are talking about experience. Experience is the accumulation of knowledge over a period of time. Football today is driven by technology and Oliseh is quite up to date. He is like Pep Guardiola,” said Mr. Pinnick while speaking on AIT to mark his 11 months in office.
He argued that Oliseh has proved that he was worthy of his appointment as coach of the national team.
“We don’t have any regrets selecting Oliseh. If you know what he has done in the last one month you will know that he is a true professional.
“He is not just a coach, he is a manager. He manages the confidence of the players. A lot of countries in Africa wanted him, but he held back for Nigeria. He has so much capacity and we have so much confidence in him. He will deliver.”
He submitted that the NFF was bent on hiring a foreign coach after Keshi was shown the exit door, but it was a news article on Oliseh that informed the decision to bring him on board.
“We were already in touch with a world class coach. As we were talking one of our members drew my attention to an article about Oliseh. Amazing article it was.”