Siasia Blasts Heartland Over CAF Champions League Flop


•Siasia: Heartland Coach.

Heartland coach, Samson Siasia, has lashed out at his players after they were forced to a  1-1 draw by JS Kabylie of Algeria in their final CAF Champions League Group B match in  Owerri yesterday.

Samson Siasia

It was a most disappointing Champions League campaign for ‘The Naze Millionaires’, who  were beaten last year in the final of the competition.

They crashed out of this year’s tournament in the group stage with five points from six  matches.

“It was most disappointing that my players could not even control the ball,” Siasia told immediately after yesterday’s match, played inside a virtually empty Dan  Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.

“This was not a great experience for me because a coach is judged by his last result.”

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Siasia said that he plans to embark on a massive recruitment drive so as to transform the  fortunes of the Owerri outfit.

“I now have to buy new players to fortify this team as I had to make do with what I  inherited from the former coaches,” he moaned.

Heartland appeared to be on course to appeasing their home fans with a victory when they  went ahead through a penalty converted by striker Emeka Nwanna after Joshua Obaje was  fouled inside the box.

However, Nabil Yalaoui equalised for the North Africans in the 50th minute when he tucked  home the ball after goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi failed to hold on to a shot from inside the  box.

The equaliser was heartbreaking because it came just minutes after skipper Chinedu  Efugh’s header was ruled offside by South African referee Daniel Bennett.  There will  also be efforts by John Owoeri and Obaje late on, but it was the Algerians who almost  snatched victory in stoppage time when Yalaoui scoffed his shot from inside the box.

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