March 29, 2016

Super Eagles job: Egypt match won’t determine Siasia’s fate – NFF

Samson Siasia speaks on FIFA's ban and fine

Samson Siasia

THE vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Shehu Dikko has said that coach Samson Siasia is not, in any way, under examination as  regards his chances of becoming the substantive coach of the Super Eagles. Dikko spoke about Siasia’s future with the Eagles ahead of  the Egypt clash Tuesday. He revealed that their decision regarding Siasia’s future with the national team wouldn’t depend solely on the result of the encounter in Alexandria.

Nigeria's national football team head coach Samson Siasia during the African Cup of Nations qualification match between Egypt and Nigeria, on March 25, 2016, in Kaduna.

Nigeria’s national football team head coach Samson Siasia

“His present position is not like an exam for him as we all know his quality and indeed shortcomings as no human is perfect and we can manage that anyway, thus the results of the two games he has been given won’t be the only yardstick to determine the next steps we will take regarding his possible future as the substantive Super Eagles head coach,” Dikko told Egyptian website, KingFut.

“Rather, the biggest determinant would be his readiness to situate his project for the Super Eagles within the NFF overall objectives of returning the Super Eagles to their enviable position as the best in Africa and indeed the world by building a team that will be feared by all and be winning trophies sustainably and playing the entertaining football we are all known for,” he explained.

The NFF vice president also praised Siasia, who led the U-23 side to qualify for the Rio Olympics, saying the 48-year-old coach has an eye for spotting talent.

“He has qualified for the Olympics with a lot of exciting players discovered including the goal scorer against Egypt in Kaduna and in fact his team just defeated Brazil U-23 in a friendly game with several new players involved,” he said.

Dikko also discussed the possibility of hiring a foreign coach to take over the Nigerian team, while explaining the NFF’s plan to turn the fans’ focus to the domestic game instead of the foreign football.

“It’s certainly not a priority and indeed the new national orientation campaign in Nigeria is to look inwards and use made in Nigeria on everything except where it’s extremely necessary then we look foreign. This is the only way to rebuild the country and indeed football cannot be an exception.

“In our Nigeria football industry now the campaign is hugely focusing on getting the fans and corporate bodies to turn their hearts and pockets towards supporting the domestic game instead of foreign football which has gradually taken over the football space in Nigeria to the detriment of the domestic game,” Dikko explained.

The NFF vice president refused to reveal any information regarding applicants or candidates for the head coach position. He also stressed their satisfaction with Siasia’s performance so far.

“Nigeria is a great footballing nations with huge potentials thus it always attracts interest globally and once we have any opening for national team coach we do always receive unsolicited interest from top coaches globally.

“We will take decision after evaluating all the factors but for now we have coach Samson Siasia and we are very much happy with what we have seen so far and we are giving him all the backing he requires to succeed,” he added.