Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has said he is “struggling financially” to spy on the country’s stars ahead of next month’s crunch AFCON ...
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has said he is “struggling financially” to spy on the country’s stars ahead of next month’s crunch AFCON qualifiers against Egypt.
“I am struggling financially, waiting for approvals to move around Europe, so it has been quiet,” he revealed in an interview.
“It has to do with transport, accommodation and other expenses while moving around.”
He said he needs to ascertain the current form of his players in Europe as well as their mental state before he calls them up for the double header against Egypt.
“I need to spend 15, 20 minutes on the phone to speak to each player before he is invited,” he said.
Oliseh said he plans to open training camp for the Egypt showdown with players from the domestic league at least two weeks to the home game on March 25 in Kaduna.
Oliseh also ruled out the possibility of a return for former captain Vincent Enyeama.
Enyeama retired from international football last October after falling out with the Nigeria coach over the team’s captainship, and now Oliseh has effectively ruled out any possibility of having the Lille of France goalkeeper stage a return, even if he is open for a recall to the team.
“(Vincent) Enyeama retired if my memory serves me right. So at the moment we are concentrating on players that are open and available to play for Nigeria, so that is what we are doing,” he told Brila FM.
“I believe Carl Ikeme has been doing great for us. For the new Super Eagles we are building, he is probably our most reliable player so far,” Oliseh posited.
The pair had an acrimonious row in the team camp in Belgium last October, as they prepared for two international friendly matches, with Oliseh preferring to have Ahmed Musa as the new captain, a decision which didn’t go down well with Enyeama.
|Oliseh and Enyeama had a big misunderstanding last year which led to the retirement of the goalkeeper|
There have been unconfirmed reports that the 33-year old was open to a return to the team, but with Oliseh’s latest statement, he might as well forget about a return.
The Super Eagles play a double-header 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt next month at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
The first leg, which comes up in Kaduna, will now be held on the 25th of March, as opposed to the 26th.