Oliseh and Keshi have been at loggerheads recently.
Former Super Eagles captain and now football analyst cum consultant, Sunday Oliseh, has rubbished insinuations in some quarters that he is desperate to succeed Stephen Keshi as the Super Eagles coach.
Oliseh and Keshi have been locked in war of words in recent times, but the former Ajax of Amsterdam and Juventus midfielder claims the last thing on his mind is the Super Eagles coaching job.
“I can understand that Keshi feels threatened by the possibility of a sack and back stabbing, but my comments should not be seen as coming from a possible successor unless one is desperate, which I thank God I am not!” Oliseh said on his personal site http://sundayoliseh.tv.
He continued, “His job is the last thing that I or my family need. I know the custom lately amongst some of the coaching crew in our dear country has been attacking the incumbent to take his place, but I believe I have proven over and over again that my consultancy company and my life that I have spent 23 years to build in Europe which I cherish dearly is more precious to me than the day to day stress that comes with Being the Super Eagles coach!”
Oliseh added that he will continue to run his consultancy business “that has now gone global”, his youth team and his “new but cherished introduction into FIFA.”
“I have said this uncountable times, although I love my country it is not in my wildest dreams to manage the Super Eagles otherwise I would have accepted the NFF Technical director job and eventually the Super Eagles,” he said.
“If (Keshi) can accept our support and praise, he should accept our constructive critics (sic) in the interest of the country and making enemies left and right is not the way to go, obviously some of us do not learn from the past! The interest of Nigeria comes first than that of Sunday Oliseh or Stephen Keshi!”
Oliseh had questioned Keshi’s insistence of using many home based players when there were foreign based Nigerian players that were better; a comment that did not go well with the Nigerian coach who defended his use of some home based players at the Confederations Cup where Nigeria dropped from the first round.