Ahmed Musa and Ikechukwu Uche were rapped by their teammates after Nigeria threw away their lead at the death against Burkna Faso on Monday.
“The players gave both Musa and Uche their piece of mind immediately after the match,” a top official informed MTNFootball.com
“They blamed them for the draw because they said they should have tried to play for time rather than go for goal with seconds only left on the clock.
“The best thing for the players to have done in stoppage time with Burkina Faso enjoying the momentum was to try to run down the clock.”
Uche, Eagles leading scorer in the qualifying tournament for the 2013 Nations Cup with three goals, had two good chances to bury the Stallions but his finishing was not clinical.
Some top officials have also blamed the draw with Burkina Faso to inexperience. Only six players from the final 23-man squad have played at the AFCON before this competition.
They are skipper Joseph Yobo, goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, Elderson Echiejile, Mikel Obi and Ikechukwu Uche.