The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed it is holding talks with former Super Eagles’ captain Sunday Oliseh to succeed Stephen Keshi, who was sacked at the weekend for breach of contract, as the team coach.
Oliseh met with NFF President Amaju Pinnick in London on Tuesday encouraged by a team of the NFF Technical and Development Committee working on getting a new coach for the team.
“An offer has been made, and there is understanding. But we have to work out the final details of the agreement in a few days. Of course, the executive board has to give approval for his appointment based on the final terms to be agreed,” Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, said.
Goal reported that Oliseh will come with a foreign technical assistant, whose job description will centre around developmental programmes, and who will work with clubs’ youth teams and certified football academies towards developing the game from the grassroots.
Current stand-in Coach Salisu Yusuf will also be in the new team, but with greater devotion to the home-based team, otherwise known as Super Eagles B, and will be the interface between the technical crew and the home boys.
Oliseh is expected to come up with a five–year development plan to fashion a unique playing and coaching philosophy for all the national teams and will for this purpose, interface regularly with coaches of those teams.
“We are also looking at how he will periodically organize clinics and seminars for coaches of clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League, probably once in a month, so as to strengthen the playing philosophy across board.
“A robust youth development programme, elite player development strategy and performance programmes to drive higher standards, among other core sustainable development programmes, are also part of the proposal,” Anyansi-Agwu added.
Pinnick said: “Sunday Oliseh has vast experience and immense knowledge of the game, and will certainly add value to what we are doing. He has bought into our vision and objectives towards the development of Nigerian football. He will command the respect of the players and we trust he has the temperament to work harmoniously with the Technical and Development Committee, the Technical Directorate and the Technical Study Group.