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Oliseh expresses concern over artificial turf

12 November 2015, 16:05

Abuja - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has spoken of his concerns on playing on artificial surface in Mbabane in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland on Friday.

Speaking to the media before they left Nigeria, Oliseh admitted he has been discussing the issue with his players, but says they have no excuses.

Also read: Oliseh says Emmanuel Emenike is not irreplaceable

"We've not had the amount of time we'd like (to train on artificial grass) because my players have had to come in a bit late due to some airline problems.

"But we have to forget excuses and work and we have already started. We do not have plenty of time but we have to do what we have to do.

"But on the other hand, I am very optimistic because we had a very productive training tour of Belgium. We spent ten days in Belgium where we had the team together but even then we had visa problems.

Oliseh however added that given the hunger he sees in his players, it shouldn't be a problem playing on an artificial grass pitch.

"I see my players are hungry and I see a feeling of unity among them. I was watching their training and I saw a lot of life in it so I can't complain and if they can translate that onto the pitch that will be good for us."

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