CHAN 2016: Ikpeba slams Oliseh over Eagles’ exit comments

Victor Ikpeba

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.


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  • Omo Akin

    A Coach had to spend his personal money to the tune of $4000 for his team while the Sports Minister is working on destabilizing the NFF by resurrecting a non-existent issue because he wanted his home-boy to have a slice of the NFF and this Ikpeba has the gut to castigate the coach. Mr. Ikpeba, how much of your personal money have you contributed to any team in Nigeria.
    Ultimately, that Sports Minister is the cause of the problem.

  • Romberg

    Even on empty stomach, if the boys have won the tournament, our government would have ignored their pains and claimed their victories. Then Buhari who can’t even kick a balloon becomes our football hero. If the players are lucky, they will be rewarded with peanut perhaps after 30 years. For example, the past value of N1,200,000 Buhari gave the 1985 set of U16 was worth only a couple of hundred Naira at the time – yet they have to wait for 30 years to get their benefits.

    We have a bad government, we know that. A government that could pay for contingents’ flight and accommodation but not for their food. No budget, no policy, no commitment….it’s all fight against corruption…an endemic menace. It’s good, but that doesn’t out of people’s table (just as in the case of these players).

    How is poor finance an excuse when other teams have succeeded even in more dire circumstances? How do you explain the coach changing players like he is playing friendlies. He was only yelling at them like bushmen. They were humiliated first by Oliseh, and by our government, before they lost their motivation.

    For so many months now, Oliseh has not recovered from a viral infection. I am surprised that he was the ONLY person in Nigeria suffering from that deadly virus! He has been to Belgium and back, he is yet to receive appropriate medical care. Let’s see how long he will hold on to these excuses.