1st December, 2010
Super Eagles Chief Coach, Samson Siasia says the overall turnaround of the teamâ€™sÂ fortune is top on his agenda.
Siasia, 43, who was unveiled by his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF,Â in Abuja this afternoon, said his assignment as handler of the senior national teamÂ 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 theÂ FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship, WYC, in Netherlands 2005 and the 2008 BeijingÂ Olympic Games, believes he has to improve on the record as Eaglesâ€™ manager.
â€œMy four years contract is an enormous task and the first thing to do is to ensureÂ that we raise a credible squad that can qualify the country for the 2012 Nations CupÂ in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and I know the Eagles can achieve this,â€ he said.
Siasia, who hinted that he would not discard all the current players in the Eagles,Â is poised to drill the team by arranging top international friendly matches, whichÂ will help in the selection of quality players, whose task would be to win matchesÂ and bring back the lost glory of Nigerian football.
He hinted that Eaglesâ€™ qualification for both the Cup of Nations in 2012 and BrazilÂ 2014 World Cup finals is not negotiable, but urged millions of Nigerians agitatingÂ 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 presentationÂ ceremony of the new coach. Siasia has already picked long time ally Simon Kalika asÂ his first assistant.
Former internationals, Emmanuel Amuneke, Ben Iroha and Emeka Ezeugo are all in theÂ running to pick the next two spots, along with U-17 coach Monday Odigie who isÂ reported to be Siasia’s preference.