FORMER Coach of the National U-23 team, Samson Siasia has promised to give Nigeria a formidable Senior National team if given the chance by the nationâ€™s football authority.
Siasia who, last weekend,Â led Heartland FC of Owerri to a 1-1 drawÂ against Al Ahly of Egypt in the CAF Orange Champions League at Dan Anyiam Stadium, said his utmost desire was to handle the Super Eagles. He said his recent contract with the Owerri-based side, would notÂ stop him from linking up with the Eagles if named coach.
â€œItâ€™s obvious that if I am announced the head coach of the senior national team, I willÂ grab the job with both hands. The Eagles job is what I have been waiting for, there is no doubt about that.
That I am in charge of the Heartland, will not prevent me from taking up the Eagles job if I am called to do so.Â Eeven the club knows that and thatâ€™s why Emeka Ezeugo is here with me. So even if I leave, I donâ€™t think Heartland will have problems
â€œIf I become the Super Eagles coach, I would like to build a formidable team here in Nigeria where the foreign players will come here and compete for their shirts with home team.
It wonâ€™t be a situation where a player will feel that coming from Europe will guarantee him an automatic shirt, no.
â€œIf I get the job, I will build a team here that will compete with any team anywhere in the world. I know it will work out well if given the opportunityâ€, he said.
He added that being Heartland coach would boosts his knowledge of the Nigerian football scene.
â€œWith this job, I would have the opportunity to see Nigerian players in action on a regular basis and that in turn would boost my technical knowledge of these players if I am eventually chosen to be the coach of the Eagles. Itâ€™s all going to be a crack team that will be made up of the best legs. It will be a team that can stand the test of timeâ€, he said