Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has implied that failure to pay his players’ allowances and bonuses by the Nigeria Football Federation contributed to their failure at the ongoing CHAN tournament in Rwanda.
Fcnaija.com reported that the players were yet to be paid their allowances before the game against Guinea, and speaking in a post-match press conference, Oliseh said the players couldn’t carry on due to ‘morale reasons’.
“My players are also human beings and there is a limit to what they can hold,” he began. “I have players that have got families, that have got kids and came here with an ambition but for some morale reasons, they were not able to hold on.
“They have been carrying and carrying on until today (Tuesday) and they could no longer carry on and I am not giving you an excuse, I am just telling you,” Oliseh said in reference to the players playing without their allowances for the CHAN competition.
This latest revelation may see the former Nigeria captain head on a collision course with his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, who frowns at such issues, as they reprimanded U23 coach Samson Siasia when he made a similar declaration last year.
It also won’t be the first time the NFF have failed to pay players’ allowances, as there was a similar case with the U23’s during last year’s U23 Africa Cup of Nations.