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The ex-skipper says that he is the best qualified person to handle the Nigerian team after the failure of former teammate Samson Siasia

Former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh is hoping to become his country’s national football coach following the failure of former teammate Samson Siasia to secure qualification for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Oliseh who holds a Uefa Pro License has thrown his hat in the ring after Siasia’s future in the position came under question with recent comments emanating out of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The 37-year-old former central midfielder claims he is in the best position to lead the team as he has the best qualification among Nigerian coaches with his license earned under the purview of Uefa.

“I’m making it very clear that I now wish to coach the Eagles. I’m prepared for the job and I wish to heed the clamour from Nigerians who have asked me variously to come back and help the country,” Oliseh told MTNfootball.com.

“Since 2002, we have struggled with our tactical setup and have had to win most games by luck. And this is getting worse and worse. I believe with the help of other positive people we can stop this rut and get the Eagles back on their feet and winning again."

“I have worked as a coach for two years and have a Uefa A licence, which makes me as qualified as any foreign coach Nigeria would want to hire. And besides this education, I know the mentality of the players because I’m still one of them,” said the former player who retired from the national team in 2002 after being dropped from the World Cup team alongside other important players.

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