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Oliseh: We lost due to moral issues

27 January 2016, 14:16Israel Ojoko

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.

Also read: Oliseh says Niger are favourites

“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.

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