Siasia: We’ll Qualify For AFCON, Make Pinnick Forget Foreign Coach

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:

Undaunted by the recent declaration by the President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick that the body will employ a foreign coach, the interim head coach of the Super Eagles Samson Siasia stated that he and his colleagues in the technical crew will make Pinnick change his mind after securing qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Siasia told exclusively that he is not perturbed by Pinnick’s loss of confidence in Nigerian coaches withthe statement credited to him that he would get a foreign coach for the team, adding that he and his colleagues have taken it as a challenge and will like to show Pinnick that there are quality and good coaches in Nigeria who are better than these foreign coaches he is angling for.

“What he said about Sunday Oliseh being the last Nigerian coach for Super Eagles doesn’t bother us, in short we in the technical crew have taken it as a challenge and we are very hopeful that we shall beat Egypt to the group ticket,” Siasia told “It is a big task but we are capable of getting results that will convince him that we are equal to the task.

“If we beat Egypt home and away and go ahead to pick the ticket to AFCON in Gabon, why should we not lead the team to Gabon? All we wanted was to give us a chance and now that we have it, we must utilize it to restore the dignity of Nigerian coaches that has been battered in recent years by indigenous coaches.”

He said that he has coaches on his staff who have been able to prove themselves at both local and international levels and together they are working tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria qualify for AFCON by beating Egypt who are their major opponents in Group G.
Siasia who described himself as the new sheriff in town called for total support and prayers from Nigerians to be able to get the desired results and beat other teams in the group to the AFCON ticket.

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