That the Super Eagles Team B failed to advance from the group stages of CHAN is no longer news; the news is the ensuing backlash on the Eagles handlers, especially Chief Coach, Sunday Oliseh.
Coach Oliseh is gradually coming to terms with the huge contrast between the “hot-seat” as Super Eagles coach and that in the SuperSport studios as a guest analyst. In a very ironic twist, Oliseh who was very vocal in his criticism of the team’s immediate past coach as a TV pundit during the last World Cup, has found it difficult to handle the criticism that has trailed the Super Eagles’s ouster from CHAN under his watch.
He posted a youtube video where he labeled every negative commentator about his team’s poor performance “insane” (though he later apologized to the NFF), leading to severely tongue-lashing in the media.
The grown up man he is, experiences as a player and in life generally should have taught Oliseh that as long as he is in the public eye, criticism is inevitable. He was undoubtedly very good during his playing days. However to make a success of his coaching career will require that gets his team performing well while also effectively weathering the off-field storms.
He should not allow his emotions get the better of him. He should keep his temper in check and be extremely cautious with his remarks, due to the sensitivity of his office.
On the other hand, the Media and Super Eagles followership in general should remember that the game is full of ups and downs, particularly at a transitory stage such as the Eagles finds itself. This makes it is unfair to judge a coach too soon or by a game lost, irrespective of how crucial. Criticism should be objective, constructive and should aim at instigating progress – and not at tarnishing reputations.
Attention shifts to the World Cup qualifiers in March as well as preparations for the Olympic Games…