The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, is set to name a foreign coach for the Super Eagles this weekend and close sources have hinted Nigerian Pilot Sports that former Nigerian international, Sunday Oliseh is the man for the job.
However, Oliseh will have to accept working with a foreign manager who we gathered may be 60 year-old Sam Allardyce, a top English tactician.
Nigerians will not forget ‘Big Sam’ in a hurry as he was the man who signed Nigeria’s most exciting star, Austin Jay Jay Okocha for Bolton Wanderers after he shone at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
Oliseh was part of the Nigeria squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and Olympic gold two years later.
He also played at the World Cup in 1994 and 1998, helping the Super Eagles to the last-16 at both tournaments and in the latter he scored a memorable winner as Nigeria shocked Spain 3-2 in a group match.
A member of the “golden generation” of Nigerian football stars, alongside Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Finidi George, Oliseh has been working as a pundit, sport consultant and Fifa Technical committee member.
Oliseh has little management experience, having coached only Belgian lower league side Vervietois between 2008 and 2009, but he does hold the UEFA Pro Licence.
For the record, Nigeria has employed 18 foreign coaches for the national team in the past, beginning from John Finch, an English man in 1949.
To date, Clemens Westerhof, Dutchman, who would later style himself as ‘Dutchgerian’ is the most successful coach that has managed the team, winning the 1994 Nations Cup and helping the country qualify for its first World Cup. The team‘s success under his guidance led to its name to be changed from the Green Eagles to the Super Eagles in the build-up to the 1992 Nations Cup where Nigeria won bronze.


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