By Sab Osuji:
Former Nigeria international, Ben Akwuegbu, has solicited for support for newly appointed Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh to enable him to carry out his task successfully, completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Akwuegbu also urged the Nigeria Football Federation to consider other former Super Eagles players like Taribo West, Finidi George and Mutiu Adepoju for national team assignments.
The former Heartland of Owerri assistant general manager who is current manager of Gratkorn FC, Austria reckons that the former Borussia Dortmund and Juventus midfielder has what it takes to revive the Super Eagles.
“It was a good decision by the NFF to pick Oliseh for the job, he has something new and positive to bring to Super Eagles,” Akwuegbu who was part of coach Adegboye Onigbinde’s Super Eagles squad to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan told completesportsnigeria.com.
“Oliseh played the game at the highest level, starred for some of the biggest and best clubs in Europe and holds UEFA’s highest coaching qualification.
“Aside from that, he works with FIFA in the technical are and also he is a highly principled person.
“These are the basic credentials needed and with the support of every patriotic Nigerian, Oliseh will take the Super Eagles to a new height.”
He also pleaded with the Nigeria Football Federation to consider the likes of Taribo West, Mutiu Adepoju and Finidi George for different roles in the national team considering their various contributions to the national team.
“I’ll remember during the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan how Taribo completed the game against Sweden with blood stained bandage after refusing to be substituted in order to ensure we did not lose the game.
“I know everybody must not be a coach but some may come in as managers in different departments because people like Finidi George and Mutiu Adepoju deserve such responsibilities,” Akwuegbu added.