By Daniel Idonor, Abuja
Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia yesterday held a closed door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock, Abuja.
Siasia told journalists after the secret parley with the nation’s number one citizen, that he merely went to felicitate with President Jonathan.
He added that he was also trying to toe the path of former Eagles’ coach Clemens Westerhoff, who used his access to the vice-President then, Augustus Aikhomu, to better the fortunes of the Eagles.
He also said that he was in the Villa to discuss how to help the President win the April elections.
“The mission is very simple, we are trying to see how we can support the President in the forth coming election, in fact, we had to discuss with him on how we can make the Super Eagles do well in the future.
“I need his assistance too, we all know when Westerhof did well after five years, he had direct access to President and Vice President.”, he explained.
The former Flying Eagles coach, attributed the seemingly poor outing of the team in the recent past to lack of care in players welfare.
The coach who spoke after the meeting between his coaching crew and President Jonathan, urged government to enhance the well_being of the players in order to save the situation.
He stated that when players who play well in their clubs turn in poor performances at the national level, it means something was wrong.
“Do we appreciate our national team players, do we take care of them? What about the welfare of the players, if the players get injured what happens to them? Those are the areas, if they are playing well in their clubs and when they come back here and they don’t play well, there must be something wrong with them, so do we have insurances for each player.
“What about the policies on this insurance, how much for each player? so if we want them to play well we have to look at these things and try to address them properly and they will give their best”, he explained.
Asked what Nigerians should expect from him, he assured that Nigeria will qualify for the Nations cup and return football to better days.
On how he would build his team, he said it would be a mixture of old and new younger players, a reason they were looking at some Flying Eagles players.
“If we rely on the old players only, then we are finished by 2014 while if we use only young and new players they will lack experience”, Siasia said.