By Tony Ubani
ONE of the heroes of the 1980 African Cup of Nations which Nigeria hosted and won, Charles Bassey(MON), launched into proverbs yesterday to drive home his points to save the job of under-fire Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia.
But when reminded of the contract which Siasia signed where he agreed to be fired if he failed to qualify or reach the semi-finals as his predecessors did. Bassey cleared his throat and said; “if he signed such a contract, he should resign hono-urably”.
In a related development, one of Siasia’s team mates in the Eagles, dashing Tijani Babangida has also advised Siasia not to turn the hands of the clock.. “He played football and knows the rule. He signed the contract and should spare the nation the controversy so that our football can move forward”, Babangida said. He spoke on Brila FM radio.
Earlier, Bassey narrated of a man whose son was beaten by the headmaster and the son reported to the man who in turn went and beat the Headmaster. The second day in School, the same son said another teacher spanked him and his angry father dealt with the teacher. But on the third day, the same son said that another teacher beat him for no just cause. His father pondered and agreed that something must be wrong with his son.
He did not take it out on the teacher. What this mean is that something is wrong with our football. Not Siasia. Our league is in shambles. We have a bad league that is controlled by referees. They are the ones who determine who wins or draws in a match.
Have we asked why there are no home-based players in the national team? Decision on Siasia is like gambling. Today, people are asking for his head. If he had won that match, the same people would have praised him to high heavens. Lets find the problem to our football ourselves. Hiring a foreign coach is not our solution.
In Brazil, there are over 700 soccer academies. How many do we have in Nigeria?”, the veteran coach who did his coaching course in Brazil and coached many clubs in Nigeria asked.