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Sunday Oliseh was appointed as head coach of Nigeria in July 2015 and he just spent eight months as the coach. However his stint as coach was tarnished with a lot of drama.

In his first month after being appointed, the Nigerian legendary goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama retired after a beef with him and there were uncomfortable with the former Juventus man as coach. Recently, former Super Eagle captain, Mikel who was one of the senior players on the team at the time gave his opinion on Oliseh’s capacity as a coach and he stated that Oliseh was a great individual, but he knew nothing about coaching.

Oliseh responded to comment made by Mikel, Insists that the former Chelsea man should seek help and stop lying.

Oliseh said ” I think the kid (Mikel) needs help to be honest. There is something I have not really shown much, I won the best coach for the first period of the Jupiler league, which is in the Dutch league. That was not voted by the press, that was voted by the players and coaches of the league.”

” I’m the only and the first coloured man from sub-Saharan Africa to ever win this title with a club like Fortuna Duesseldorf, who had very average players were able to qualify from the second division from last position to the first division where they still are now.”

” I don’t need to justify myself being a good coach or anything to the kid. I call him (Mikel) a kid because my son is 27 old. When he made this statement, I heard about it, but I couldn’t go on television and start arguing with someone like him. It’s degrading at a coach you don’t go into the media and start arguing with your player. You cannot achieve what you were not able to achieve on the pitch outside the pitch by talking on a podcast.”

Oliseh commented on Mikel’s statement about him demanding family members, who were always asking for money. He feels it was embarrassing move and Mikel should have kept it to himself.

Oliseh said ” What shocked me with Mikel Obi was that never in the history of Nigeria or African football has one player ever gone on to a foreign podcast and totally humiliate his family by calling them beggars, problem and everything.”

” How can you do this to your family. In Africa it is our pride when you earn something or you help your family. In fact it is your duty. Dosu Joseph is one of my best friends, he’s like a brother to me. Before Obi made in football, Dosu housed Mikel in his house and fed him. I bet people don’t know this. Dosu is still doing well, albeit handicapped because of an accident.”

” The problem i had with Mikel was that i didn’t find him good enough to play that position when I coached him. I felt we had a home-based player that was best and when we played a World cup qualifier against Swaziland because Mikel had played badly in the first leg three days earlier, when we came back I played Paul Onobi in his place. Paul was eventually voted as the best player by the opposition coach.”

Oliseh added that Mikel is currently seeking attention because he face the harsh of life after ending his football career.

” I have no grudge against Mikel, I just fell that he needs help. If he wants, he can call me then I will give him advise. When people stop football, most players are lost they don’t know what to do. During their days some of them were so arrogant that they don’t talk to people. But after retiring, they realize that they need people after all. I know that is what Mikel is going through now but there are ways to do it.”

” I heard him make comments about Kanu not being the most decorated Super Eagle player but that is not what sells podcasts is what you have in your mind. So Mikel should educate himself, fill it with things and then you can share,”


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