Johannesburg - An un-named coach of the Nigerian national team is being accused
of bullying players into buying wristwatches at exorbitant prices.
According to the Football411 website, a number of Super Eagles players are claiming they are being
forced into paying as much as $10 000 to buy a watch and are fearful of
reprisals should they refuse.
This is according to the Punchng website, who have quoted two un-named players.
"The coach buys the wristwatches between $500 and $1000 in Europe
and forces us to buy them for $10 000. If you don't buy, you are
regarded as an enemy.
"The most painful thing is that these wristwatches are sold at
very cheap prices in Europe; they go for between $500 and $1000 but he
brings them here to sell for us at such outrageous prices. I have to buy
or I would be seen as encouraging the other players not to buy," said
the first player.
A second player made similar allegations: "Before I moved to my
present club, I was on an apprentice contract, which means I wasn't
collecting much money but the coach forced me to buy the watch.
"The same thing happened to me, when I was invited to the senior
team. It is not good for the team because a lot of players are
grumbling, though they can't come out and say it."