Super Eagles returned to Nigeria last night after their loss to Guinea’s Syli Nationale by a lone goal on Tuesday, which meant they crashed out of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda, but Coach Sunday Oliseh will be returning to his base in Belgium today for medical check up, following a flu virus he contacted in Port Harcourt last year.
CHAN 2016 is Oliseh’s first international tournament as the Super Eagle’s coach, where Nigeria failed to qualify from the group stage.
The Super Eagles gaffer, Sunday Oliseh has said his players have continued to pester him to help them get the outstanding allowances being owed them from matches they played last year, saying that the situation had become worrisome as the country prepares for the next phase of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2018 World Cup, expressing fears that players might reject future call ups to the squad due to their owed salaries, which threatens Nigeria’s chances of having their strongest squad for the coming qualifiers.
“I only have one fear, It is that I just hope that the next time we send invitations out, that players won’t start refusing to play for Nigeria. That is something that is scary but it is real. We have to start thinking because we’re not going to work miracles anymore.
“I’m just afraid that if we don’t put our acts in order we might invite players for the next qualifications and maybe some players (might not come); I’m afraid. Already I’m getting phone calls from them, you they’re still asking what they’re being owed.
“We need better motivation and if we don’t get it right and in time, we will struggle. And now they are going back home with nothing to give to their families,” said Oliseh.
The players are still being owed part of their allowances for the last game against Swaziland just as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) took more burdens with the African Nations Championship which will end on February 7 in Rwanda, the debt profile increased as the players have yet to be paid their bonuses for the competition from which they got knocked out on Tuesday by Guinea.
Oliseh’s warning comes two months away from two crucial AFCON 2017 qualifiers against Egypt, which could well determine whether Nigeria will qualify for the tournament in Gabon or not.
However Oliseh’s decision not to return with the team is beginning to raise questions on why he is afraid of home. Sources reveal however that the former Super Eagles defender and captain confessed he is afraid for his life, hinting that some people are after his life in Nigeria and he is beginning to think twice about his health.
“Oliseh no longer feels safe being in Nigeria. Recall that all through the team’s camping for CHAN 2016 in Abuja, he refused to show up but was the first to hit South Africa for the second phase of camping in Pretoria. After his team lost out of CHAN, he left for Belgium on the excuse that he had to go and continue treatment for his flu. That action speaks volumes about his fears.”
Reacting to the allegation that Oliseh’s life is in danger, NFF spokeman, Ademola Olajire said there is no truth about the rumour.
“Did Oliseh not grow up here in Nigeria, so why would he be afraid of anyone in Nigeria? Agreed that Nigerians are very passionate about football and would castigate any coach that does not produce results but that is not enough for anyone to insinuate that his life is in danger. The reason for his travelling back to Belgium is to continue with his treatment for the flu,” Olajire stated.