Africa’s participation at the on going World cup was overshadowed by pay disputes between players and officials with some players refusing to train before major matches.
As expected this has been a major talking point in the football world with most fans accusing the players of lack of commitment and greed
But Oliseh, who represented Nigeria in the 1994 and 1998 editions of the World cup is of the opinion that the criticisms received by the players isn’t justified adding that their unique cultural background and financial responsibilities stretch far beyond their own ends
“I would refute the suggestion that African players are not as committed, in fact I’d say they are more committed,” said Oliseh who won 63 caps for Nigeria and played for a raft of European clubs. “When you look at the responsibilities African players have to carry, the culture is a familiar one. It’s built around families.
“If you are earning €100, it’s not just for your wife and kids, it’s for your wife, kids, brother, cousin, aunt, sister and sister’s brother. School fees for this and that. In one kind of way, we are drained. But it’s a drainage we accept and do not complain about.
“So when African players come to the World Cup, it’s not all about money, it’s because of the fact that most of them have (been made) certain promises and these promises have not been fulfilled. It’s very easy to apportion blame but it’s a general thing because the situation is different. My mailbox is full with questions about this issue.”
Article by: Paul Edokpayi
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