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Eagles Committed, Optimistic – Oliseh

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 at 10:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has assured Nigerians that his players were fully committed to the task of leaving Rwanda with a quality result.

The Super Eagles B team are rounding off their training programme in Pretoria today (Thursday) as they prepare for the trip to Rwanda on Friday.

The 2016 African Nations Championship competition kicks off in Rwanda on Saturday.

Oliseh, who was online with The PUNCH on Wednesday, said they will continue to improve their system until the last game of the competition.

He said, “I can assure you that the boys are all committed and full of optimism.”

Oliseh refused to be definite on what to expect from the team as they face the other African teams in Rwanda but insisted that they were working hard to be the best.

The coach’s declaration was made just ahead of the statement of the Nigeria Football Federation vehemently denying allegations that the Eagles were camping under poor conditions in South Africa.

A statement made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday read, “The Nigeria Football Federation has condemned, in strong terms, a report which detailed imagined ‘poor conditions’ in the camp of the Super Eagles B in Pretoria, South Africa.

“The report had talked of ‘inferior’ NIKE kits being used by the team at the pre-CHAN camp in Pretoria and unsubstantiated ‘distractions here and there,’ all attributed to a nebulous ‘highly placed source’.”

NFF’s Assistant Director (Communications), Ademola Olajire claimed that the report was deliberately done to cause disaffection and damage morale in the camp.

“The Super Eagles B delegation is heading to Rwanda on Friday. This report has come out at this time to demoralise players and officials ahead of the championship.”

The Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, told thenff.com from Pretoria, “We don’t know where the story of ‘poor conditions’ is coming from. All the officials in camp have been commending the NFF for arranging for the team to train at such a world-class facility as the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.”

“The training kits are top-quality, so also the match jerseys which were brought in by the team administrator. They were kits supplied direct to the Federation by NIKE. The team trained in Abuja for two weeks before heading to Pretoria, and everyone saw the kits they used.”