Former England international, John Fashanu has declared that Super Eagles new Head Coach Sunday Oliseh would face stiff opposition by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF that hired him last week.
Fashanu who spoke exclusively to Nigerian Pilot Sports in Abuja noted that the country’s football would continue to experience ups and down till experienced administrators come on board to manage it.
According to former Wimbledon and Aston Villa player, “If there is problem in the highest level of world football which is FIFA, there will be problem at the lowest level which is NFF. And keep saying it, there will always be problem in NFF because of the People who are there don’t have soccer knowledge. Most of them are going into administration for the first time.
Even when they remove Keshi and brought in Sunday, there will still be problem…The new players coming in May like Sunday while the old boys may prefer Keshi.
On the technical challenges before Oliseh, Fashunu predicted “Technically, things will be difficult for Sunday because there are lots of players who may not understand his formation. These players may be good player but when a player is playing in a position he doesn’t understand, it makes him a bad player.
“So he first of all needs to make a player understand his formation in order for him to adapt. Nobody should say that Super Eagles don’t have formation. They have formation and structure, the only thing is for the team to understand the formation and move on from there.
“Be that as it may, Sunday knows himself. When you are appointed as a technical assistant or manager of Super Eagles, it comes with huge task. It is the second highest in command in the whole country, the first being the Nigeria’s President.
“What we are looking for is for Sunday to go in search of good Nigerian players all over the world and in Nigeria and merge them together. That was what Stephen Keshi did.
On the early pronouncement by the former Super Eagles captain that he would prefer to invite players who ply their trade in top division leagues, Fashanu disagreed saying “When he said he will select player from credible league or clubs, it sounds good but there are some good players who play in the so-called non-credible leagues. So he needs to galvanize a good network that will link up with good players. Big or small clubs, it doesn’t matter.
“John Fashanu was playing for the smallest club in a premiership but was the highest goal scorer in the league. So it doesn’t matter where you play.”

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