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Why Eagles are performing below par, Siasia

By Richard Animam
Super Eagles lack lustre performance at the on-going 27th Africa Cup of Nations  in Angola under coach Shaibu Amodu has raised a lot of dust and the general consensus even in the presidency is that Nigeria should hire another coach who will lead the country to the World Cup billed for South Africa later in the year.

•Chinedu Obasi (l) and Elderson Echiejile sandwich a Mozambican player

Port Harcourt based lawyer and ex-international Adokie Amiesimaka once called on Amodu to make changes in his technical crew by bringing in national U-23 coach Samson Siasia to assist him in the area of his attack.

According to Adokie, Amodu is too conservative, not pro active and needs someone like Siasia who is attack minded and knows how to deliver the goods. But Siasia revealed to Saturday Sports that only the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) could make any changes in the team.

“If they wanted me there, they should have done so but I believe my service is not required and that was why I was left out of the team. This is a sensitive issue and I would not want to say much about it”,

On the performance of the Eagles at CAN 2010, the former Eagles striker said Nigeria has a lot of quality in the team that only needed to be properly co-ordinated to produce better results.

“We have the quality to beat Mozambique 7-0 and Benin too but there is lack of proper co-ordination and that is responsible for the poor performance of the team. It’s due to poor co-ordination that has made Nigerians lose hope in the team.

Against Mozambique, they played well but I believe they can play better. If they improve their game, I am confident that they will get to the final of the tournament”, he said. Nigeria lost her opening game to Egypt after going ahead through Chinedu Obasi’s strike in the 12th minute. The Eagles thereafter went to sleep and allowed the Nations Cup defending champions come back into the game. The final score was 3-1 in favour of the Pharaohs.


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