Exclusive By Johnny Edward:
The chances of the Home-Based Eagles performing creditably well at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda has been dealt a severe blow as the coaches are yet to receive their salaries and players still owed a backlog of their allowances,Completesportsnigeria.com has reliably gathered.
A highly placed source in the team also revealed that despite the NFF signing a three year deal with Nike in 2015, the team have been playing with inferior Nike kits in Pretoria and may use the same kits for the tournament proper.
The source also noted that despite the 1-0 win over Cote d'Iviore which extended their unbeaten run, the Home Eagles looked like an amateur side in the manner at which they were kitted.
"We have to credit the head coach (Oliseh) for keeping the squad focused for the tournament, but for how long will this continue?," the source began in a chat with Completesportsnigeria.com
"The issue of our kits is an embarrassing one because they are very inferior. Even the coach is using his own private kits in training, to tell you how degrading this has become.
'The only bright spot from the friendlies we've played so far is that the boys have been desirous to make names for themselves, but their kits make them look so amateurish which is a big shame for a country like Nigeria.
"There have been many distractions here and there. The assistant coaches have not been paid just like the players as well haven't been paid their outstanding camp allowances."
The source however thanked the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick for his magnanimity, paying the medical bills of Jean Loscuito who underwent surgery in Pretoria.
According to reports, the Belgian was in severe pains before he was taken to the hospital where doctors found a small metal in his stomach during the surgery which was successful.
"We almost lost one of the assistant coaches due to this non-payment issue. The President had to pay for the bills from his own purse to see he (Luiscuito) got the best treatment, not the NFF like it was widely reported."
Efforts to reach coach Sunday Oliseh on the issue proved abortive as the former Juventus and Ajax midfielder refused to comment.