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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,”

said Oliseh.

Oliseh has been vociferous this weekend about his ill-fated

reign as the Nigeria national team coach.

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