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Nigeria appoint Siasia as Eagles coach

[Posted 05 Nov 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Samson Siasia is new Nigeria Super Eagles coach!

Samson Siasia, a former Olympic team coach of Nigeria, has been appointed as the new Super Eagles coach with effect from 1 December 2010.

On Thursday, the race to choose a new coach to take Nigeria back to the hey days when the Eagles were clearly the darling team of the continent, was contested by two former Eagles team mates, Siasia and his former Eagles captain Stephen Keshi.

Interviews to select Nigeria's new coach after the short-lived but very unfruitful era of Swede Lars Lagerback, were conducted in Abuja, and people's favourite Siasia got the nod from the Nigerian Football Federation Technical Committee ahead of the former Mali coach.

Siasia will be offered a four year contract, and his immediate mandate from his paymasters is to help Nigeria qualify for the 2012 Africa Nations Cup in Equatorial Guniea and Gabon. The Super Eagles currently lie second in Group B of the qualifiers, 3 points behind Guinea.

The former Olympic coach's appointment has been well received by Nigerians at home and abroad, who believe that the NFF has, for the first time, made the right decision.

Siasia has promised to turn around the fortunes of the Eagles and help them soar higher than they have done in the past barren years. He intends to make some changes, but not wholesale chages to the current playing squad.

 "The manner of team you will see on the field of play would be offensive minded, free flowing football. There will be a difference,” Siasia said.

“During my interview with the NFF Technical Committee, I told them my short and long term vision for the Super Eagles as well as the 2012 Africa Nations Cup.
 
“I also told them that we have to look at the areas we have to inject new players.
 
“We don’t want to say we are going to ask all the old players to leave. But we have to look at the areas we think we have to inject new players.
 
“That would be when I watch their matches again and also go around scouting for other players that I think I have to put in there,” Nigeria's new coach added.

Siasia, who will be earning 5 million Naira (N5 m) per year, has been given the freedom to choose one of his three assistant coaches, who will include, two assistants and a goalkeepers' coach.

The NFF has also made funds available for the hiring of a specialist physical trainer for the Super Eagles.

The new coach Siasia will welcome this development since on his own admission, the Super Eagles are not yet well-conditioned for the rigours of African and world football.

"We all know the nature of the team right now. The team is not in a very good shape. The next friendly we have on November 17 against Iran will help us assess the team we have right now,” Siasia said from Nigeria on Thursday.

African supporters of the Super Eagles are likely to see an injection of new blood, especially from the bulk of the players that Siasia has worked with from his days as Under 20 coach in 2005 and then the Olympic team. 

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