Nigeria’s former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has disclosed that the trio of Vincent Enyeama, John Obi Mikel, and Victor Moses betrayed him during his reign as the senior national team coach.
Oliseh controversially resigned from his position as chief coach of the Super Eagles in February 2016 citing contract violations, unpaid wages and benefits to players and assistant coaches.
Oliseh was highly criticized for failing to manage the crisis among his players, which thereafter led to the retirement of Victor Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike from national football. Oliseh has since confessed via his personal website that some of the key players on the team never supported him.
“My first official act was to call the team Captain Vincent Enyeama to rub minds and fix an appointment to see him. Same act was accorded to John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses of Chelsea. All except for Obi Mikel picked up my call and Mikel even ignored my eventual SMS,” Oliseh explained via his personal website.
Details of his frustrations continue henceforth: Went to London to see Mikel and Moses but could only see Moses as Mikel did not reply to my calls and we could not get a hold of him. Moses came two and a half hours late to our meeting but none the less we had a productive talk in the company of my assistant, Jean Francois Losciuto.
Three weeks to my first official game in charge of the Super Eagles against Tanzania, and the invitations were sent out to the clubs. Two weeks to the game Victor Moses opted out citing fear of contracting an injury whilst playing for Nigeria in favor of his club via a written letter to the team manager of the Super Eagles.
Most players reported to camp on Monday prior to the Tanzania game, Vincent Enyeama was supposed to fly in Tuesday morning, only for me to be surprisingly informed via SMS that he was skipping the game because he lost the mum some weeks earlier.
I called him up and made an agreement with him, as I needed not only my captain and such a good goalkeeper for my opening game, that if he came for the game on Friday I would release him to go to the village after the game and skip the friendly game versus Niger scheduled for three days later after the Tanzania encounter, which he agreed.
The team was scheduled to fly out on Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon Enyeama called to say he was not coming for the game, definitively. I was shocked as we had an agreement, we needed his experience, leadership…
As things stand at the Nigeria Football Federation, the managing body of the Super Eagles, since Oliseh’s departure there has been no permanent national or international candidate to take up the position of head coach. This is worrisome for the Super Eagles who are striving to move up on the FIFA World Rankings table, and qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.