31st March, 2011
Nigeriaâ€™s newly appointed football ambassador Nwankwo Kanu has saluted the flying start of coach Samson Siasia.
Siasia has won his first three matches in charge of the Super Eagles. He got off to a winning start last month by beating Sierra Leone 2-1 in a friendly, before his team bombed Ethiopia 4-0 in a crucial Nations Cup qualifier on Sunday.
And on Tuesday night, Siasiaâ€™s Eagles soared above Kenya 3-0 in a friendly.
â€œHeâ€™s on the right footing. The team are scoring goals, not conceding and creating chances,â€ remarked Kanu, who watched as the Eagles stopped the Harambee Stars of Kenya in their tracksÂ in Abuja.
After over 17 years with the Eagles, Kanu has quit international football and will in the summer formally mark this by a testimonial which is aimed at raising part of the $35 million he needs to build a heart specialist hospital in Abuja.
Chelsea star Mikel Obi, who wore the captainâ€™s armband in the second half following the substitution of Joseph Yobo,Â also hailed Siasiaâ€™s philosophy of attacking football.
â€œSiasia wants to attack and we are working very hard to fulfil his philosophy,
â€œI want to play for Siasia and work for the overall success of the team,â€ he said.
The Eagles recent exploits would most certainly improve Nigeriaâ€™s FIFA ranking of 39th.
However, the bigger challenge for the 43-year-old coach will come from June, when Nigeria first host Argentina and Lionel Messi in a high-profile friendly before they jet out for a Nations Cup qualifier in Ethiopia a few days later.