By Taiwo Adelu
Soccer loving Nigerians could not hold their anger against erstwhile coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh when the country failed to make it to the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in 2017.
The Eagles failed woefully in the double header qualifying matches. They were held to a 1-1 draw in Kaduna on Friday, while a 65th minute goal from Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhy gave the Pharaohs a 1-0 victory over the Nigerian team in the return fixture decided Tuesday night in Alexandria, Cairo.
Immediately the match ended, Oliseh began to trend on Twitter with many Nigerians pointing accusing fingers on him for not doing enough during his brief spell as the Eagles’ handler. They posited that Oliseh’s incompetence ruined Nigeria’s chances in the qualifying race.
Tweeting @Terence_Nwachi, Terry Nwachi said that “Pinnick should be punched for calling Oliseh the Guardiola of Africa. What a useless coach.”
Lako @redjinobo said: “Pinnick and his board owe us an apology for appointing a wrong coach in Oliseh. I hope they have something to list as achievement at end of their tenure.”
David Titiloye @DavidTitiloye said that “The NFF is to be blamed for appointing an I.T student “Oliseh” when we had chartered and professional coaches to select from.”
“It is obvious Oliseh was a huge mistake by @thenff, he shouldn’t have been hired in the first place gaskiya,” said @josites.
Bode Bruno @bodebruno82 recalled how Oliseh was praised after he drew against Tanzania, a team he was supposed to defeat. He tweeted: “I remember Oliseh was praised for picking up a point at Tanzania… Hmmm!”
Ekemode Olatunji @heymode slammed Oliseh for chickening out few weeks to the game against Egypt calling him a coward. “So @SundayOOliseh is also a coward.
Dada Leye @olaleyedada was furious that Oliseh failed to concentrate on his coaching job rather he was busy with other things. He tweeted: “Siasia made the team look better in two games jare. All Oliseh did was fight with players, fight with NFF, played “yeye” football and shoot video.”
Sawyerr @MrSawyerr recalled that “Someone went on TV to state Oliseh would implement the German team-building pattern. I laughed so hard at the ignorance. All to justify crap.”