Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia says he regrets taking over the job as chief coach of the Super Eagles at critical times to rescue the team was a mistake which has vowed never to allow a repetition if the same situation re-occurs.
The Olympic Silver and Bronze winning coach was handed over the job of rescuing the team’s qualification for the African Nation’s Cup twice in 2012 when the Nigerian Football Federation sacked the then coach, Austin Eguavoen and 2016 when Sunday Oliseh abandoned the team.
Siasia, in an interview published by The Punch, regretted that he “couldn’t succeed with those teams because they were not mine.” According to Siasia, “winning silver and a bronze at the Olympics is not easy especially with the circumstances that surrounded the team before we went for the Games. Anytime I took charge of a team, I always ended with them. The only time I didn’t start with a team was when Austin Eguavoen was sacked and I was brought in to the Super Eagles and when (Sunday) Oliseh ran away.
Coach Siasia, while acknowledging that the error said, “I will never do that again because it never worked for me on those two occasions. I have learnt my lessons from them that whenever I get a coaching job in Nigeria, I have to start from scratch because that is the only way I can be successful.
Siasia was a prominent member of the ‘Golden Generation’ who, 25 years ago, in 1994 won the Nations’ Cup and had an impressive run at the USA ‘94 World Cup where he scored a goal against Argentina at the group stage, lamented the neglect of ex-internationals by football administrators saying nothing has been done to alleviate the sufferings of survivors of members of the squad who were late.
He, however, advised the country’s football administrators to set a committee that would see to the welfare of players who get injured while on national duties, get an insurance policy for them so that they have something to fall back on.