Oliseh to hold talks with Fortuna Sittard on plans for next season


Former Super Eagles and Dutch Second Division club Fortuna Sittard coach, Sunday Oliseh is to hold talks with the management of the Dutch side to draw up plans for next season.

Despite been handed a 9 points deduction by the Dutch Football Federation for financial issues, Oliseh and his players have ensured Fortuna Sittard remain in the Eerste Divisie for another season.

The former captain of the Super Eagles and AFCON winner in 1994 in an interview with sports radio station Brila FM, Lagos spoke on his future and plans of gaining promotion with Fortuna Sittard next season.

“The objective was to help the team avoid relegation which we have achieved, now we have stabilised the team. At the end of the season we will know how to move forward.

“We should have been talking of promotion ticket, if not because of the 9points deducted from us by the Dutch football federation for financial irregularities. At this moment we should have been fighting for a playoff spot”.

Concerning the possibility of having Nigerian players in his team, Oliseh said: “I am in touch with at least two players from Nigeria, one is 21, and the other one is 22 years old and working to bring them in. But you see there is a strong regulation in Netherland at this level which is designed to protect and promote Dutch talents, nevertheless we are still working hard to bring in some Nigerians”.

Oliseh also waded into the new administration of CAF under Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar.

“Ahmad is my friend, I met him in 2013 in Asia and he is very intelligent.

“African football is at a critical spot right now because FIFA is about to expand the world cup participants, so CAF must organise itself to get maximum number of slots available. We also have to improve our youth development in Africa”.

The mercurial midfielder in his playing days gave a ‘Yes and No’ response to a question pertaining the world cup team expansion by FIFA helping Africa win the World Cup.

“Yes and no, you see it can help because the more African Nations taking part means one can win it, but winning the World Cup takes 4years preparations and sometimes even 8years. That is why talent will not be enough, organisation and planning counts a lot”.

Finally Oliseh spoke on the chances of his former club Juventus going all the way to the final of the UEFA champions league.

“I watched Monaco against Dortmund and they have excellent attackers in Mbappe, 18, but Juventus have a strong defence. I don’t think it will be smart for anyone to bet against Juventus going to the final in Cardiff “

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