Monday, October 31, 2011

Samson Siasia no longer Super Eagles coach

Almost three weeks after failing to qualify Nigeria for Januaty's Nations Cup finals, the Board of the Nigeria Football Association (NFF) has relieved Samson Siasia of his duty as Super Eagles coach.

The decision was taken at an executive Committee meeting of the Nigeria Football Federation on Friday in Abuja and finally ended weeks of speculation surrounding the fate of the former international striker.

Although the NFF kept the Siasia saga on the front burner by taking ages to reach a decision, in truth Siasia's had already been sealed once Guinea left the Abuja National Stadium with a share of the points courtesy of their late equaliser in the 2-2 draw.

In making Siasia the best ever packaged indigenous coach, with a monthly salary of N5 million, a brand new car and official quarters, the Glass House had insisted that the former junior international must at least reach the semi-finals of CAN 2012 before activating the second part of his contract, which would have ended in 2014.

But by not even qualifying for Equatorial Guinea/Gabon 2012 he did not fufil section 5.5 of the contract.

Perhaps in more advanced climes, Siasia would have done the honourable thing and resigned knowing that he had fluffled his contract, in the end he opted for the more ignoble termination by the football body.

However, with qualifiers for CAN 2013 kicking off in January, the Glass House knows it has to work fast to fill Siasia's boots.

Already news making the rounds indicate that former national team skippers, Stephen Keshi and Sunday Oliseh may be the ones to take charge of the Super Eagles.

Although a highly placed Board member had hinted that they were considering going for a foreign coach.

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