Former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Sunday Oliseh says Dutch rules governing the signing of foreign players stopped him from signing Nigerian players for Fortuna Sittard.
Oliseh successfully rescued Fortuna Sittard from relegation to the third tier of Dutch league, after taking over as coach of the team in January.
However his reluctance to sign players from Nigeria, the country he captained and later coached was down to issues bothering on the Dutch FA rules.
“We have to see how much resources we have to bring in more players and we have certain limitations because I will love to bring in some Nigerian players, but the Dutch league prohibits us from that. But we will keep 13 of the 24 players we have to get in seven new players and a goalkeeper ahead of next season,” he told CompleteSports in an interview.
Explaining further he said ” The rules states that if we must bring in a Nigerian player to the league, we must pay him €400,000 a year. It’s a rule they are stuck with to protect the Dutch league system. So we hope we can find a way around it, if I can get a Nigerian striker and a midfielder in my team with the way they express themselves and the offensive play.”