By JOE APU , just back from Makurdi
FORMER Super Eagles midfielder, Moses Kpakor has described the the manner Coach Sunday Oliseh handled issues in the Super Eagles camp in Belguim which resulted in the departure of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama as a smark of inmaturity on the part of the coach.
Speaking on the now resolved fued in the Super Eagles camp, Kpakor called on Oliseh to adopt some level of diplomacy in the handling of the national team if he hopes to have a smooth spell.
He noted that the coach’s duty goes beyond being with the players on the field of play for practice sessions and matches but includes a role as a manager as well as a father.
“Yes, he must instil discipline but he needs to be diplomatic in his actions as I think he did not even consult with the NFF before attempting to send Enyeama out of camp. Oliseh needs to win the confidence of his players to get the best out of them. If he does not adopt diplomacy and maturity, his temperament will ruin him as Eagles coach. “I am in favour of the appointment of ex-internationals handling our national team as long as the person is qualified but I fault the manner in which Sunday Oliseh was appointed. Yes, we need younger minds on the job but there is need for maturity in the coaches. Oliseh’s action in the Super Eagles camp in Belgium which saw to the sacking of goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama clearly shows he lacks maturity.
This may have been because he has gotten his salary for three months ahead. The action by the NFF is wrong because in Nigeria, the system is to get paid after the job is done on a monthly basis. Why was he paid in advance when Keshi was not paid for several months. It only amounts to a double standard on the part of the NFF. The action may have been to encourage him but it is a wrong step because it is not our practice in Nigeria.”
On the team’s captaincy, Kpakor who is currently the Principal Football Coach of the Benue State University, BSU noted that Oliseh benefitted from being the oldest player to emerge captain of the national team and stripping Enyeama the way he did speaks volumes.
Kpakor stressed that Oliseh must do the right thing to get all the players to give their best.
Watch out for Kpakor’s full interview in Sunday Sun of October 25, 2015