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.