To say Sunday Oliseh has a penchant for the dramatic is an understatement. He posted a tweet in the early hours of Friday morning and every Nigerian is talking about him now. He could have, at least, waited for a new Fifa president to be elected before pulling that stunt.
It’s a shame that as Nigerians we have very short memories. Sunday Oliseh is perhaps the most petulant, troublesome and arrogant player to have donned the Super Eagles shirt.
Here is what Yahoo! Sports said about him in their news report:
He (Sunday Oliseh) had a fiery reputation as a player, missing the 2002 World Cup for disciplinary reasons and was later sacked by Dortmund for allegedly punching a team mate Vahid Hashemian during a loan spell at VfL Bochum.
1. In 2002 Sunday Oliseh reportedly walked the then Sports minister, the late Ishaya Mark Aku, out of his hotel room.
2. He led a revolt of Super Eagles players to boycott the 2002 World Cup in Japan/South Korea and for the first time Nigeria failed to advance beyond the Group stage of the World Cup finals
3. There was the incident of him punching his team mate at Vfl.
4. Sunday Oliseh was constantly criticising Stephen Keshi when the latter was national team coach. We all remember that Keshi remains the only indigenous Nigerian coach that has not only won the Africans Nations Cup but took Nigeria to the 2nd Round of the World Cup and ensured the qualification of another African country, Togo, for the World Cup.
The NFF ignored all these and appointed him as Super Eagles coach.
While he was Super Eagles coach, he was constantly at loggerheads with one person or the other:
1. Emmanuel Amenike resigned from international football
2. Nigeria’s number one goalkeeper, most capped player and one of the best goalkeepers in France, Vincent Enyeama resigned.
Both of these players resigned due to personal differences with the national team coach, Sunday Oliseh.
3. He failed to take Nigeria beyond the group stage of the CHAN competition and instead of him to accept responsibility for the failure he went on Youtube to rant against nameless individuals calling them insane for criticising him.
His resignation couldn’t have come sooner. Hopefully, the NFF will have the wisdom not to employ another troublemaker as his successor.