Sunday Oliseh has now been confirmed as the man likely to take charge of the Super Eagles after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that talks are ongoing with him.
Report broke on Tuesday that the NFF was negotiating with Oliseh
following the sack of Stephen Keshi over the weekend "over breaches of
core terms of his contract."
"The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed it is in talks with
former Super Eagles’ captain Sunday Oliseh with regards to the vacant
position of the team’s Head Coach," the NFF stated on its website on
It further revealed that the NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Oliseh met in London to hold talks on Tuesday.
Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee confirmed:
“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.”
The NFF says that Oliseh is also expected to come with a foreign
technical assistant with a "job description will centre around
However, interim coach, Salisu Yusuf will remain a member of the
backroom staff, according to the NFF as he will be saddled with focusing
on players from the country's leagues.
The NFF is looking at hooking Oliseh on the long-term as he will be expected to draw up a five-year developmental plan.
Pinnick is impressed with the CV of Oliseh and his vast knowledge in
the game and 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 Nigeria 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.
“On our part at the NFF, we will give him all the support to succeed
as we have been giving to all our coaches. Subject to the approval of
the NFF Executive Committee, we will conclude negotiations by weekend
and he will be unveiled next week.”
At present is a Fifa instructor, and also a member of Fifa Technical Study Group.
The former Nigerian captain holds a Uefa Pro License, and has coached
Belgian lower division club, Vervietois between 2008 and 2009.