I will not coach Nigeria again because of discrimination: Sunday Oliseh

Former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Sunday Oliseh says there is discrimination against indigenes and has, therefore, vowed never to take up the Nigeria coaching job again.


Oliseh claims that when he was the coach of the Super Eagles he was not paid several months and his compatriot the late Stephen Keshi was always complaining but Gernot Rohr who is an expatriate trainer and the current coach of the team is being given the best of treatment by the nation because he is a foreigner.

The former Super Eagles captain has recalled the events that led him to quit his role as manager of the side in 2016.

No, I don’t have the intention of ever coaching the [Super] Eagles again,' Oliseh told the Punch.

"I loved working with the boys, I love coaching my country, but the atmosphere around it was no longer healthy.

“I didn’t want the job anymore. Health-wise I was not feeling too good; secondly, we were owed salaries. I was spending money on my health and on my team. I just couldn’t die on the job.

“Truth is, we have a foreign coach now and from what I heard and know, he is being paid four times the wages Stephen Keshi and I were paid and these are two players who won trophies for Nigeria.

“I’ve never heard Gernot Rohr complain about wages. Keshi, while he was coaching, was always complaining, when I was coaching for four months, I was unpaid, for six months my assistants were unpaid, so I had to leave the job; we were also being frustrated.”

The former Super Eagles captain also highlighted some of the lofty plans he had for the three-time African champions before he left the side after 14 games with only two losses.

“I had good plans for the team. You will notice that at a time I brought in [Wilfred] Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, young players who are dominating now," he continued.

"I brought in a world-class goalkeeper [Carl Ikeme] because I felt the old breed were ready to leave.

“The same philosophy I used while with the Eagles was the same philosophy France used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Sometimes you ask yourself questions about Nigeria. You won laurels for the country as a player, you’re doing well as a coach, you were about qualifying for the World Cup and you’re unpaid for four months.”

The 45-year-old last managed Dutch side, Fortuna Sittard, in 2018.


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