Super Eagles coach says NFF have approached him before

Sunday Oliseh spoke to FIFA.com about his new job and revealed he was offered the job in the past

Sunday Oliseh

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has revealed that he has been offered coaching jobs in the past but he rejected it because the timing.

Prior to his appointment as coach of the Super Eagles, Oliseh had only managed Belgian lower league side Vervietois between 2008 and 2009.

In an interview with , Oliseh says the Super Eagles offer has been on the table.

"For some years now, there have been offers and discussions about me taking over," Oliseh told FIFA.com.

"It has been on the table, but it has not yet happened because the timing was off."

Oliseh said that the pressure that comes with the Super Eagles job was the reason he didn't take the position when he was first offered the job.

"To coach Nigeria is not the easiest job in the world and one is only as good as the players. Nigeria at the moment has a lot of potential, but we don't have a lot of confirmed players in the top clubs in the top leagues, so taking over the national team now means we have to remake the whole team and introduce a new philosophy of playing style, of culture and mentality.

"That is very difficult to do when you are the national team coach because you have very limited time with the players unlike when you coach a club. So that is why I was very hesitant.”

The Delta State born coach is however impressed with the responses he got after he accepted the offer to become coach of the Super Eagles.

“When I came into Nigeria to have talks, I came out of the airport and I knew there was no going back because all the way from the airport, my countrymen where saying: 'You have to take the job, you have to take the job.' So I did.”

“We are practically starting from scratch, so that is why I am saying that people should not expect miracles from us,” Oliseh said.

“We all have dreams, and I am hoping I will be as successful as I can be.

"But one has to be realistic also. We have just started, and our first step is to hopefully just win the [AFCON qualifier] against Tanzania. That is what I am praying for. Game by game.”

Watch Sunday Oliseh talk about his plans for the Super Eagles below:

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