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Siasia: My Eagles' Agenda, NFF Unveils Him In Abuja

Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia

Super Eagles Chief Coach, Samson Siasia says the overall turnaround of the team’s  fortune is top on his agenda.

Samson Siasia

Siasia, 43, who was unveiled by his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF,  in Abuja this afternoon, said his assignment as handler of the senior national team  is to join hands with his assistants and raise a formidable squad.

The former Nantes player, who led the Flying Eagles to win silver medals at both the  FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship, WYC, in Netherlands 2005 and the 2008 Beijing  Olympic Games, believes he has to improve on the record as Eagles’ manager.

“My four years contract is an enormous task and the first thing to do is to ensure  that we raise a credible squad that can qualify the country for the 2012 Nations Cup  in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and I know the Eagles can achieve this,” he said.

Siasia, who hinted that he would not discard all the current players in the Eagles,  is poised to drill the team by arranging top international friendly matches, which  will help in the selection of quality players, whose task would be to win matches  and bring back the lost glory of Nigerian football.

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He hinted that Eagles’ qualification for both the Cup of Nations in 2012 and Brazil  2014 World Cup finals is not negotiable, but urged millions of Nigerians agitating  for a new squad to be patient while the crew gets down to work from today.

Meanwhile, Siasia’s two assistants are not named at the official presentation  ceremony of the new coach. Siasia has already picked long time ally Simon Kalika as  his first assistant.

Former internationals, Emmanuel Amuneke, Ben Iroha and Emeka Ezeugo are all in the  running to pick the next two spots, along with U-17 coach Monday Odigie who is  reported to be Siasia’s preference.

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