- Sunday Oliseh was the Super Eagles captain at the 2000 African Cup of Nations
- Nigeria then under coach Bonfrere Jo lost the final of the competition to Cameroon
- Oliseh explained that the coaching crew chose him as captain because of respect
Sunday Oliseh has finally disclosed how he beat the likes of Daniel Amokachi and Mutiu Adepoju to become captain of the Super Eagles before the 2000 AFCON which was co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.
Dutchman Bonfrere Jo was the gaffer of the Super Eagles then and he approached Sunday Oliseh upon his return to the three-time African champions.
According to the report on Premium Times, Sunday Oliseh explained that he initially rejected the offer to captain the Super Eagles, but had to accept after talks with the coaching crew.
Before Nigeria participated in the 2000 African Cup of Nations, Uche Okechukwu was the captain then, but he retired prior to the competition.
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Nigeria reached the final of the 2000 African Cup of Nations, but they lost to Cameroon who lifted the title.
“During the preparations for AFCON 2000), the coaching staff summoned me to the side and told me that they wanted me to become captain of the Super Eagles.''
Before retiring from the national team, Sunday Oliseh played 54 games netting two goals for the Super Eagles.
He also returned as coach of the Super Eagles in 2015 even though he had to throw in the towel months later.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how former Super Eagles handler Sunday Oliseh disclosed that he dumped the Nigerian team because he never got any help from the country’s football federation.
He was unveiled in Abuja by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in July 2015 as the new head coach of the Super Eagles on a five-year contract.
At that time, NFF president Amaju Pinnick noted that the former captain was selected because of his high intellectual capacity in coaching and recommendations by FIFA, but he resigned after just eight months.
He, however, refuted claims that he left his role because of voodoo as he explained that he left the plum in 2016 job due to health issues.
In a recent chat with Channels TV, the former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder said he had determined that anytime he felt sick, he would leave the Super Eagles job.
Source: Legit Nigeria