Thank You, Sacked Super Eagles Coach, Siasa Tells Nigerians
Nigeria international, Samson Siasia has expressed his appreciation to Nigerians for the support he received during his 11-months reign as chief coach of Super Eagles.
The Bayelsa born coach was today finally axed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) executive committee based on the recommendations of its technical committee who had met about a fortnight ago.
“I just want to thank all Nigerians, the fans, and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the support and opportunity to coach the Super Eagles. Once again l want to apologize to all Nigerian soccer fans for my inability to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations 2012,” said Siasia today while reacting to reports of his sack by the football body.
Prior to now, the former U-20 national coach had pleaded for a second chance as a result of the passion for the job. But his reason could not swing NFF which delibrately delayed the verdict due to Super Falcons second leg Olympic qualifier against the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon last Saturday. It also brings to an end the drama that trailed his sack.
In an emotional text made available to ireports-ng.com this evening, the former U-20 coach who was the people’s choice for the job also wished Super Eagles the best of luck. “I want to wish the team the best of luck in future assignments,” read the text.
Barring any last minute change, the federation is expected to name Siasia’s successor next wednesday to avoid a vacuum.
Siasia edged out former teammate and colleague in the senior team, Stephen Keshi in the interview conducted last year November to clinch the job to replace another colleague, Austin Eguavoen who was there on an interim basis.
For the 11 months he was in the saddle, he received N5million as monthly salary, the highest for any Nigerian coach which made him one of the most expensive public servants in the land.
His predecessor, Shuiabu Amodu earned N1.5 million.