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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 February 2008, 00:20 GMT
Sunday Oliseh on Nigeria's downfall
Former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh
By Sunday Oliseh
Former Nigeria captain and BBC TV pundit

This tournament was supposed to make up for the 2006 World Cup in which we failed to participate. The exit to Ghana was painful as it shows what we have become.

It might be a blessing in disguise because it might trigger some changes.

Berti Vogts (right) and Ghana coach Claude LeRoy
What would I have done differently if I was the coach? A lot of things!

Sunday Oliseh

Enough is enough and personally I have taken my decision and I think it's time that those of us who have played at the highest level took charge because it is heartbreaking.

I have been asked if I would like the job and I think it is time that those of us who have the experience and have played a part in what Nigerian football is today, I think it's time - the solution is in our hands.

Tactically against Ghana, we did not play smart because even when they had 10 men, we still tried to play through the middle instead of opening up the game, playing it wide and stretching them a bit.

What would I have done differently if I was the coach? A lot of things!

First of all I would have taken advantage of Ghana not being a strong team offensively; their strength comes from the midfield.

So it's quite simple, I would have sealed off the defence and forced the midfield to run out of position. Also the Ghana defence is also quite fragile.

It was not a good performance on our part but if you compare it to the three games we played before, it was a much better performance.

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji

I've spoken to people in Nigeria and they made me aware they are very sad and very disappointed but it is normal for a our country of our magnitude.

The Black Stars now have a chance because of the home supporters but to be honest with you, if they come up against a team like Ivory Coast that has a massive attacking force, I don't know how well the defenders can hold up.

Of all the teams I've seen Ivory Coast is the most complete. If you look at the bench it is very impressive. In the last game they played in the qualifiers against Mali, they had five players out of the normal first team and they still dominated.

We had problems beating Mali, so that shows you how strong they are. My favourites for the title would now be Ivory Coast followed by Cameroon.

Sunday Oliseh was talking to Alistair Magowan

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