Oliseh Speaks Up After His First Win As Eagles’ Coach

Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, has expressed satisfaction with the level of play by his players in his first win as the team’s coach.


The Nigerian side had played out a goalless draw against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match last weekend, but bounced back to defeat Nigeria in Port Harcourt in an international friendly match.

Ahmed Musa’s first half penalty and a second half volley by debutant, Simon Moses, were all the Nigerian side needed to cheer the home fans at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday evening.

The Nigerian coach, who was all smiles after the match, has now expressed maximum satisfaction with the way his players dispatched the Mena stars of Niger.

But for some poor officiating calls by the referee, the Nigerian side would have been two or three goals up by half time.

Oliseh, speaking after the win, said: “We won playing organised, and that was very cheering for us.

“We didn’t just want to play the Nigeriens but we wanted to play for ourselves, that was exactly what we did today. I must give kudos to the players for their performance today.

“We corrected the mistakes that we made last weekend and the result is the outcome of the things we discussed after the Tanzania game.”

Moses got the second goal for Nigeria in an encounter clearly dominated by the home side and Oliseh was quick to make reference to his performance.

He said: “He is a very strong player but he still has a long way to go.

“We are getting better, we were more organised after losing the ball which was a very important important aspect of our game.”

On if he can assure Nigerians of AFCON qualification, the former Eagles skipper noted that Nigerians would be left to judge their performances after a while.

“We will give our best and allow them judge.”

He also had cheering news for Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and other players who seemed to have lost their place in the team.

“There is room for everybody, but the players who are here already have points and anyone who is coming will have to fight for their shirt. Nobody is irreplaceable,” he warned.