By Sab Osuji:
Former National team midfielder, Emeka Ezeugo has come down hard on the appointment of Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh as Super Eagles head coach following the sacking of Stephen Keshi by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
Ezeugo who was part of the Super Eagles squad to the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals in the United States of America, said the selection process was fraught with irregularities and full with tribal and ethnic sentiment.
“I’ve nothing personal against Sunday Oliseh but the truth is that due process was not followed in his selection process”, starts the former defensive midfielder who later coached Heartland FC in the capacity of assistant coach.
“Did they call for applications from coaches as was the case during the selection of Stephen Keshi and Samson Siasia?
“Were there any interview for coaches who so applied for the job? Because if they had called for applications to fill the position, I would have applied even though I know that my application would have been rejected even before getting to them.
“All that we saw was a situation where the head of the federation shut other people out and appointed someone from his kindred without recourse to due process”, Ezeugo declared.
He nonetheless wished the new Super Eagles boss a successful tenure as Nigeria’s manager.
“Like I said earlier, I don’t have anything personal against Oliseh, he was my teammate in the Super Eagles and later captained the team.
“Truth is, if you plan to succeed, success will come, but you don’t plant corn and expect to harvest groundnut, it doesn’t follow.
“I’m a Nigerian, a patriotic one for that matter, so I won’t stop to say the truth whether those in authority like it or not.
“I want Oliseh to succeed, I want Super Eagles to excel so I will always wish him all the best in his new assignment”, Ezeugo posited.