Former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Sunday Oliseh believes Nigeria and Egypt are among countries that will spring up surprises at the forth coming FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In a telephone interview with Brila FM Sports Machine, Oliseh said that Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, Egypt and Nigeria are countries to look out for when the games begin.
Nigeria are in Group D alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
“This team we have now is one of the best we have assembled in years, Oliseh said. They are young, enterprising, fast and I believe we might come to the world cup with a fresh team. Most of the players have not been overused by their clubs which might be a disadvantage because we might not have the rhythm, but we might also not be as tired as the other team.
“We have players like Alex Iwobi, Shehu Abdullahi and other who have strength that we can build on, that’s what we had in 1996 when we won the Olympics. I am very optimistsic.”
“Looking at the World Cup, I see six team springing up surprise. Lets look at Germany as always would be favourites, Spain is back up there, France is also going to be a team coming up and Brazil like we saw them against Germany they can now defend tactically.”
On the African scene, Oliseh mentioned that with the recent performance of Mohammed Salah for Liverpool, Egypt cannot be overlooked if the team can play to his strength. For Nigeria, he noted that it would be preferable to be seen as underdogs while the team goes all the way to perform well.
Recalled that the coach was suspended by his employers Fortuna Sittard but Oliseh revealed trouble started brewing when he had turned down “Black Money Payment” (undeclared, taxable financial reward) by the club owners.
Speaking about the biggest outcome of the KNVB ruling on his suspension by Fortuna Sittard, Sunday Oliseh said, it was getting his name cleared and ordering the club to pay a compensation as well as retain his services as an employee until the end of his contract in May.