Lagos - Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh says his side could
not find their rhythm against Guinea and as a result crashed out of the 2016
African Nations Championship due to some moral difficulties.
Nigeria, haven topped Group C in the first two games and
securing four points, could not seal qualification after suffering a 1-0 defeat
to Guinea in the final group game played on Tuesday.
Oliseh, who was on the sideline dishing out instructions
during the encounter, said though he is proud of his players, but they crashed
out of the tournament due to some moral difficulties.
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“Personally, I’m very proud of the boys, they have given a
good image of themselves in as much as that we did not go through. Africans
will look at Nigeria in a brighter light. Is not a question of the tactics we
chose for the game, we told the players to play well. We came out to win with a
plan to stay compact and when we have the ball to play. Today, when we had the
ball we didn’t play.
“The players are humans and at some point they break, and
that is what happened. All I can say is that my players are humans and there is
a limit that they can hold. For some morals reasons, they couldn’t find it.
“What did not go right is the fact that I think today
somewhere inside it was difficult for the players to overcome some moral difficulties
they have come across. This is an adult tournament and there are certain things
which must be present if you want to go far and win the tournament, and that is
what my players see is existing in other teams that we don’t have in our team.”
Ibrahima Sankhon’s goal at the stroke of half time was all
Guinea needed to qualify for the quarter final as Nigeria could not equalise.For
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