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Football coach accused of scam

26 August 2013, 09:02

Johannesburg - An un-named coach of the Nigerian national team is being accused of bullying players into buying wristwatches at exorbitant prices.

According to the Football411 website, a number of Super Eagles players are claiming they are being forced into paying as much as $10 000 to buy a watch and are fearful of reprisals should they refuse.

This is according to the Punchng website, who have quoted two un-named players.

"The coach buys the wristwatches between $500 and $1000 in Europe and forces us to buy them for $10 000. If you don't buy, you are regarded as an enemy.

"The most painful thing is that these wristwatches are sold at very cheap prices in Europe; they go for between $500 and $1000 but he brings them here to sell for us at such outrageous prices. I have to buy or I would be seen as encouraging the other players not to buy," said the first player.

A second player made similar allegations: "Before I moved to my present club, I was on an apprentice contract, which means I wasn't collecting much money but the coach forced me to buy the watch.

"The same thing happened to me, when I was invited to the senior team. It is not good for the team because a lot of players are grumbling, though they can't come out and say it."

- Sport24


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