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Throwback: NFF Wanted Saudi Arabia Coach Renard To Replace Me As Super Eagles Coach – Oliseh

The first upset of the ongoing 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been recorded with Argentina losing 1-2 to the tournament’s underdog Saudi Arabia in their opening group game.

Argentina took the lead via the spot through Lionel Messi but the gulf nation struck twice in the second half to goals from Saleh Alshehri and Salem Aldawsari in the 48th and 53rd minute respectively.

Saudi Arabia’s win was piloted by Herve Renard who was at a time linked with the senior national team of Nigeria when Sunday Oliseh was about to be sacked as coach of the team in 2016. As a matter of fact it was the fact that he was contacted that made Oliseh to quit his role.

Oliseh in an interview with Complete Sports said the agent of the coach who has once again put himself in the global spotlight with the win over Argentina told him, he was contacted by the NFF but turned down the chance to take the job citing three reasons.

“They had their motives and what I did was in the best interest of the country,” Oliseh said.

“While I was coach of the team they tried to hire Renard who turned them down citing three major reasons.”

His personal assistant, Babangida went a step further by explaining how they knew.

“They were talking with Renard about him replacing Oliseh and it was his agent who told us,” he said.

“The agent wondered what is wrong with the NFF, but he assured him Renard won’t be coming to Nigeria.”