Former Nigerian international, Victor Ikpeba, has faulted his former teammate and current coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh’s claim that his team’s early ouster from the ongoing African Nations Championships was largely caused by the Nigeria Football Federation.
Speaking on Brila FM’s Sports Machine programme, Thursday, Ikpeba said rather than trading blames, Oliseh should have gone the extra mile to see that his team succeeded in Rwanda instead of blaming the NFF for his woes.
“It’s unfortunate to hear the comments from Oliseh and some of the players, on issues of motivation. I think the NFF has done a good job, they took the team to Jo’burg (Pretoria) for preparation before the tournament,” Ikpeba stated.
The former African Footballer of the year argued that the financial crises plaguing the NFF was well known to everybody and regardless of that challenge, the Golden Eaglets and the U-23 team both went out of their way to win laurels in the competition they were entered for.
”We all know he Federation has financial issues, so, instead of complaining about motivation, they should take an example from the U-17 and U-23. They had financial problems yet won the tournaments; we shouldn’t forget that Siasia’s mother was kidnapped,” Ikpeba said.
Going forward, Ikpeba advised Oliseh to promptly shift focus on planning ahead for the 2017 Afcon qualifiers against Egypt rather than playing the blame game over the debacle in Rwanda.
”Our coaches should think about what they can do for their country first. It is not as if Oliseh was condemned to win the CHAN, so even if the team have not advance to the next stage, he should be thinking about the Egypt Afcon ties which is very important.
”When we won the Olympics in 1996 we had financial problems, sometimes we should get behind this problems and be focused and do the job for Nigeria,” Ikpeba concluded.
Among other things, Oliseh claimed that the Eagles suffered malnutrition during the second phase of preparation for CHAN 2016 in South Africa but for his intervention.
The Eagles gaffer who joined the team in Pretoria and Oliseh said that the players were fed poorly and he had to support the team with “almost $4000” of his personal finances.
Oliseh described the situation as unbearable adding that despite the promises made by officials of the football body and the sports ministry, the team never got any.