CHAN 2016: Oliseh apologises after early exit

Nigeria’s National team coach, Sunday Oliseh, has tendered an
apology to Nigerians after his team crashed out in the group
phase of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN.
The Eagles, who were seen as firm favourites for one of the
quarter final slots, suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of
Guinea on Tuesday and that meant the end of the road for Nigeria
at the 2016 CHAN tournament.
“We apologize to Nigerians for this loss; we never planned to exit
the tournament this early. The boys gave their best,” Oliseh was
quoted as saying on the official twitter handle of the Super Eagles.
The early ouster in Rwanda means Oliseh failed in his first major
outing in an African tournament.
PREMIUM TIMES understands that the Super Eagles players have
been subjected to avoidable stress by the Nigeria Football
Federation who have denied the team timely payment of their
earlier match bonuses.
“To be honest with you (even though) I am not going to go into
details, my boys have been working under extreme duress ever
since we got here (Rwanda),” Oliseh told reporters in Rwanda
before the game against Guinea.
He continued: “I personally feel like we are driving a car with an
empty petrol tank.
“I will not go into details so for that reason, I know that this is just
another (bit of) difficulty that we have to surmount.
“That notwithstanding, the boys are human beings and let’s just
hope we don’t break,” he said.
The Nigeria U-23 team, which qualified for the Rio Olympics and
won the U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, were in similar
situation of owed bonuses before the intervention by the Sports
Minister Solomon Dalung.

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