The melo-drama that saw the exit of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles coach is gradually calming down, and it's time to get on with business of mapping out a strategy to beat Egypt home and away later this month.
Siasia's appointment on an interim basis comes at a vital moment, as NFF look to salvage Nigeria’s ticket in the 2017 AFCON qualification race and its unlikely he will ring massive changes immediately and risk rocking the boat.
Completesportsnigeria.com’s JOHNNY EDWARD highlights five immediate challenges facing the incoming interim Super Eagles coach.
1. REPOSITIONING THE SUPER EAGLES
It's time to make the Super Eagles popular again. So much hard work had been done by the former coach, Sunday Oliseh, according to him, wherein the team suffered two defeats in 14 games, scoring 19 goals and conceding just six and climbing up three spots on the FIFA Ranking in his eight months in charge of the team.
Oliseh's vulnerability saw him endure a testy relationship with the media, while his authoritarian approach brought his side to the brink of Nations Cup qualification before the double header crucial tie against Egypt.
Siasia is an exponent of attacking football and he is aalso a savvy media operator. These traits will be crucial to returning the Super Eagles to the heart's and minds of the public once more.
2. RESOLUTION OF INTERNAL CRISIS
Siasia will step into his first training camp with open eyes ready to assess the situation and lay down a mantra to address what he sees as the flaws in the fold he is walking into.
Siasia has to heal the alleged deep divisions within the dressing room and quickly. We must see these players play for themselves, as a unit in the subsequent games.
3. MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS
Siasia has shown overtime with the various teams he has managed that he's not afraid of making the tough decisions and is more than prepared to usher in or flush out the old guards when necessary.
Rash decisions won't be made, but the camp ahead of the visit of Egypt will be a crucial first step in re-shaping the newlook team. The likes of Isaac Success, Brown Ideye and Kingsley Madu, Sone Aluko, Raheem Lawal and John Ogu are in great form for their respective teams and have all been reported to be considered good for the squad against Egypt.
4. GOOD TEAM SELECTION
Once Siasia runs the rule over the incumbents, his job, along with Emmanuel Amuneke, is to see who can do a better job than who we have.
Will Ogu who has scored thrice in 21 games for Hapoel Beer Sheva good enough to strengthen the Eagles midfield. Can Kelechi Iheanacho sparklein the NO.10 role or will more seasoned defenders like Kenneth Omeruo, Godfrey Oboabona be considered for the game?
Can Isaac Success make a fist of international football in Eagles attack or on the wings as he is played at Granada?
5. SUPER EAGLES CAPTAINCY ISSUE
Siasia is the man charged with restoring this side, so who will captain the side if Enyeama does return to the fold? Will Musa carry on or handover?
Will a new appointment be made or another voting process again like the one held in Belgium in September?
Importantly, those decisions will be made with a couple of important objectives. This won't all happen over the next fortnight. But it's the first step.Jiji.ng the cheapest online shopping in Nigeria