Embattled Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has claimed he never wanted the Super Eagles job and never begged for it.
The 40-year old is being heavily criticized following Nigeria’s group stage ouster at the 2016 CHAN tournament in Rwanda and speaking in a video interview on his website, he said the criticisms he has faced are uncalled for, stating that he never wanted the job in the first place.
“I didn’t beg for this job, I didn’t even want this job. I refused it twice and it took the intervention of a highly respected friend of mine; who was in government, for me to concede and take this job.
“I took it not to serve special interests, I took it to serve Nigerians, and if there’s one thing I know that my people know; forget the critics, is that I am patriotic,” he claimed.
The former Nigeria captain had subtly blamed the Nigeria Football Federation for his team’s failure in Rwanda by saying the players couldn’t give more than they did because they were playing on ‘empty tank’, following the NFF’s failure to pay their bonuses and allowances.