As the crucial 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Pharaohs of Egypt draws closer, the interim coach of the Super Eagles Samson Siasia has disclosed that he hopes to lead the team to the tournament proper if he eventually qualifies the team for the finals.
Siasia hopes to qualify Nigeria for the 2017 AFCON
Coach Samson Siasia
The former Super Eagles player vowed to convince the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick that Nigerian coaches can equally do the job, instead of a foreign coach.
Following Sunday Oliseh’s resignation, the football governing body announced that Dream Team coach Samson Siasia, Flying Eagles coach Emmanuel Amuneke, assistant coaches under Olisehh, Salisu Yusuf and Alloy Agu will take temporary charge of the Super Eagles
According to Siasia, beating Egypt is a top priority, adding that the new coaching crew are not bothered about news making rounds that a foreign coach would be appointed permanently for the position.
“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 Completesportsnigeria.com.
“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.”