By Ben Efe
Former Eaglesâ€™ captain, Sunday Oliseh, has disagreed with the Nigeria Football Federation over the charge to coach Shaibu Amodu to achieve a semi-final placing at the Nations Cup or forget taking the Super Eagles to the 2010 World Cup billed for June in South Africa.
Oliseh argued that the mandate to Amodu was unfair, after he worked hard to earn Nigeria a ticket to the World Cup. Oliseh, known for his pinpoint long range passes and bullet shots, suggested that the coach should be encouraged instead of being pressured to produce result at Angola 2010.
â€œRather than set a target for Amodu, the NFF should extend his contract. This would boost his confidence and those around him.
â€œThe NFF should emulate the French Federation who stood by their coach. Raymond Domenech is leading the French team to the World Cup despite their troubled qualification campaigns,â€ said Oliseh who was speaking on BBC sports programme yesterday.
Oliseh was captain of the Eagles in 2002 when Amodu qualified Nigeria for the Korea/Japan World Cup that year. Oliseh was sacked from the Super Eagles for spearheading a players revolt against the Sports ministryâ€™s director of sports development Patrick Ekeji. It was during the Mali 2002 Nations Cup where the Eagles won third place with Yakubu Aiyegbeni scoring the only goal of the game.
Oliseh was forced to retire from the national team, while Amodu and his assistant Stephen Keshi were sent packing and replaced by coach Adegboyega Onigbinde and four other coaches including Henry Nwosu and Godwin Uwua. The Eagles crashed out in the first round at the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup.