Oliseh accuses Mikel, Enyeama of sabotage
Former Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has
fingered goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, current
captain John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses as
key figures that tried to derail him during his
time as the Super Eagles coach.
Oliseh had a misunderstanding with Mikel
soon after he came on as Keshi’s replacement
last July and also fell out with Enyeama at a
training camp in Belgium.
Speaking on some of the events that transpired
during his short reign as the Nigeria coach,
Oliseh suggested that Mikel and Enyeama
tried to sabotage him, while also berating
Moses for not showing enough commitment to
“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 wrote on his personal
“Went to London to see Mikel & Moses but
could only see Moses as Mikel did not reply
my calls & we could not get a hold of him.
“Moses came 2 ½ half hours late to our
meeting but none the less we had a productive
talk in company of my assistant, Jean Francois
Writing further about his first few weeks on
the job, Oliseh claims both Moses and
Enyeama turned their backs on him at the time
he was in dire need of their services
“Three weeks to my first official game in
charge of the Super Eagles, vs Tanzania, and
the invitations were sent out to the clubs, 2
weeks to the game Victor Moses opted out
citing fear of contracting an injury whilst
playing for Nigeria in favour 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 3 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 and I was aware he was yet to miss a
training session for his club side talk less of a league game,”
Oliseh has been vociferous this weekend about his ill-fated
reign as the Nigeria national team coach.
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