NFF Makes Big Mistake Handing Untested Sunday Oliseh - Westerhof


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Nigeria coach Clemens Westerhof
The Dutchman feels that the former
midfielder does not possess adequate
experience to lead the Super Eagles
forward after the sack of Stephen Keshi
Former Nigeria technical adviser
Clemens Westerhof thinks the Nigeria
Football Federation is making a huge
mistake by handing untested Sunday
Oliseh the job of the national team
Oliseh, 40, was handed his Super Eagles
debut by Westerhof in 1993 and the
Dutchman feels that his former protégé
has not gotten the requisite experience
to handle such a difficult side with lots of
egotistic players.
The former Borussia Dortmund and Ajax
midfielder has only ever managed a third
division Belgian side Vervietois as well as
worked as TV pundit and a member of
the Fifa Technical Study Group for the
2014 World Cup.
“No, no, no, no that cannot be, he can’t
be Super Eagles coach. Oliseh cannot do
it, no, he can’t,” Westerhof was animated
as he toldComplete Sports.
“If the Nigeria Football Federation is
bringing Oliseh to handle the Super
Eagles, then that is too bad because it is
not right. It is not proper, he is not the
right man for the job.”
The 75-year-old, who led the Super
Eagles to their second African title in
1994, then reeled off the work experience
he and recently sacked Stephen Keshi
earned before being handed the Nigeria
top job.
“Before I took over the Super Eagles in
1989, I was head coach of Feyenoord
and we were champions after many
years. I coached other top teams in the
first division, Vitesse, MVV and came
back to Vitesse again.
“Keshi was a top quality player in
Belgium with Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC
Strasbourg in France, Sacramento
Scorpions and all that. He coached
several other teams including Togo and
“Where did Oliseh coach? What is his
coaching experience? Do you want to
start learning how to coach with the
senior national team,” he asked.
Westerhof also detailed the kind of
problems likely to be faced by the new
coach in the face of player egos.
“Coaching amateur teams is not enough
to get experience of handling top teams
like the Super Eagles. Players cannot
respect him, you know, he cannot
command their respect and influence as
they loved and respected me, as they
also respected and loved Keshi,” he said.
“What the players of the Super Eagles
need is a coach who the players will love
to respect, who has positive influence on
the players and I don’t think Oliseh has
these qualities,” Westerhof said.
Oliseh is expected to be unveiled on
Tuesday in Abuja with a five-year
contract that would see him set about
bringing a blueprint for the development
of Nigerian football.