By Ime Bassey
With the February friendly match against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone secured, ex-international, Alhassan Mohammed has said that the West African side are no push over.
Making this known to Sunday Vanguard Sports, the Zamfara United FC head coach said it would be a good start for the Samson Siasia tutored Super Eagles.
“The tie against Sierra Leone is a good one because we just need to play one, more so as it has to be with a national team of any country. We should know that there is no push over in football now. Every team now is strong and a potential big side so we must not underrate them.
This is not like the eighties where there were more push over that you can beat five goals, now all the teams are tough. I think it’s a good start for Samson Siasia, at least giving us a friendly match to watch.
So far, Siasia has done well, I would give him credit for his preparations because he knows what is on ground and has managed to keep the boys in camp without the usual fire-brigade approach. Allowing everybody to see for themselves and know what he is doing is best for our addicted followers. I wish him the best of luck.
The Leone stars are also playing in the qualifiers too; it would be a credit for the boys as it will give them an understanding of what it entails in senior national team. The match would be played on the pitch and not on FIFA’s ranking table,” he stressed. Reacting to the crisis of funds rocking the glass house as it affects the team, the ex-international said it would not affect the team.
“The lingering crisis of funds to me would not affect the home-based Eagles because they have been in camp together for a good period of time coupled with the fact that they all ply their trade at home. For the foreign lads, they would adjust to the situation as they are Nigerians,”he said.