Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has claimed he has had to spend his own money to keep the Super Eagles going at the CHAN.
Oliseh squarely blamed the non-payment of allowances and bonuses for his team’s shock exit from CHAN 2016, arguing team morale hit an all-time low.
He claimed he spent $4,000 to improve the team’s food in their pre-tournament training camp in Pretoria, South Africa.
“I spent $4,000 to feed the team because the food in camp was not good enough. I used my personal funds to get the team going for the interest of the nation,” he said in an interview on radio Thursday morning.
“We have family men who have been working hard for 50 days, but who couldn’t afford to buy a Coca-Cola. It was unbearable.
“And now they are going back home with nothing to give to their families.”
Oliseh disclosed he will head back to his base in Belgium to continue his medication after he picked up a virus in Port Harcourt last year.
Meanwhile, Oliseh has said he fears that the country’s top stars could soon begin to stay away from the team because of what he described as “poor motivation”.
A serious cash crunch has hit the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) so much so that they have been unable to pay allowances and bonuses to the country’s various teams.
The Eagles are yet to be paid the bonus for a 2-0 home win over Swaziland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Port Harcourt in October.
The team also did not receive any cash from the NFF leading up to their shock exit from CHAN 2016 at the hands of Guinea on Tuesday.
“I have one big fear – I hope when we call the players they will not refuse to play for Nigeria. It’s scary but real. I have received phone calls from them asking about what they are being owed,” warned Oliseh, who blamed sagging morale for his team’s ouster in Rwanda.
“We need better motivation and if we don’t get it right and in time, we will struggle.”
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.

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