A former board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Peter Singabele, said on Friday that the resignation of Super Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh, was a setback.
Singabele, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt that the development might affect the Eagles preparations for the Nation’s Cup qualifier against Egypt in March in Kaduna.
The resignation of Sunday Oliseh is a drawback because as head coach of the Super Eagles, directly or indirectly, it has effect on the other national teams and football in the country.
Whatever the reasons were, I know that for some time, there were controversies over his unguarded utterances,” he said told NAN from his Yenagoa base.
Singabele, Head of Service in Bayelsa, said it appeared the NFF was in a hurry to engage Oliseh because he lacked the experience to handle the national team.
He said that in the interim, the NFF should look inwards to prepare the team for the double header against Egypt in March, while efforts were on to get a permanent manager.
In the long run, I still believe that we have to look outside. We need an experienced hand, somebody who will command the respect of our senior players.
I doubt if Oliseh had that command over most of our players. To handle our national team is not an assignment for beginners,’’ Singabele who served in the NFF board from 2006 to 2010 said.
He urged the NFF to look inwards as an interim measure and later recruit an experienced manager subject to availability of funds. (NAN)
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