By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh has blamed his ‘insane critics’ for the recent criticism he has received after his team’s disappointing showing at the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda.
Oliseh in a YouTube video said he was sad and angry at the development which he sees as a distraction for his technical crew and his players ahead of the all important 2017 African Nations Cup against Egypt in Kaduna next month.
He admitted that though his team didn’t live up to the expectations of many, he was quick to remind his critics that his team is still on track in qualifying for the 2017 African Nations Cup and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“The insane critics of the Super Eagles of Nigeria are just there to pull the team down with their criticism of seeing the back of the coach,” Oliseh said in thr first part of the explosive video.
“I am addressing this insanity that has befallen some of our critics and I call it insane because you must actually be insane to be seeking a referendum on the future of the national team coach because we lost CHAN.
“With due respect to the CHAN competitions it’s the least in order for CAF and it’s a tournament that weighs the strengths of the leagues on the continent against one another.
“What then should be done to the coaches of Ghana, South Africa and Egypt who didn’t qualify for the tournament?
“I understand that we are sad that we lost out in the group stages of the competition but this constant insane criticism of the coach is madness.
“They did the same thing when we lost to Congo in a friendly. Now they started this after a 10-game winning streak.
“I’m sad and with such news of the impending sacking of the coach. We have not failed, my predecessor was judged after he failed to qualify for the Nations Cup.
“We are still on track.”