Adepoju: Siasia Good For U-23 Job

Adepoju: Siasia Good For U-23 Job

–Ex-int’l welcomes Amodu’s appointment, says Keshi sacking was unfortunate

1994 Africa Cup of Nations winning Super Eagles star, Mutiu Adepoju has voiced his support for the appointment of Samson Siasia as new U-23 Dream Team V1 Eagles handler.


Siasia’s second spell at the U-23 Eagles team was part of the ‘Tsunami’ that swept through Nigerian football Wednesday night as the Pinnick Amaju led new NFF board began their reign.

The dark complexioned coach was in-charge of the team when they grabbed a silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


Adepoju who is Administrator of Kwara Football Academy, KHF, said Siasia’s choice was in good direction.

“It’s like one returning to a familiar terrain, he’s been there before, he knows what it takes to handle the Olympic team and of course can build on the areas that did not go well in his previous handling of the team”, Adepoju who is called ‘Head Master’ said.

“It’s a good one and I have no doubt the NFF made the right choice”, the former 3SC of Ibadan striker and later General Manager added.

He also described the sacking of Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi as unfortunate, adding that the Big Boss should take the NFF decision in good faith.

“It’s unfortunate I must say, a coach is as good as his last result but then life goes on. The only thing permanent in life is change”, Adepoju stressed just as he welcomed Shuaibu Amodu back on the Super Eagles hot coaching seat.

“Amodu is highly experienced, he’s been there several times and we hope he’ll do a good job such as he’d done in the past.

“The two remaining games are important so we have to support him to succeed”.

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  • paul enyi 7 years ago

    does Samson siasia not have any other job? what has he be doing all this while? must he start and end with Nigeria football team? If he wants to prove himself as a good coach, then let him coach a different country and qualify them for a major competition.

    • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

      @paul enyi

      Siasia owns and runs a football academy, so he has focused on that over the last 2 years or so. Do you have a problem with a retired football player running and managing a football Academy?

      I did not hear you complain that Adepoju is the Administrator of Kwara Football Academy.

      • chuks 7 years ago

        What is the difference between a coach and owner of football academy? What is the difference between running an academy and coaching a national team? When last did Siasia coach a club or a national team? Am sure you know the answers. How are we sure that Siasia is not a disaster waiting to happen? Time will tell.

        • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago


          It is not my place to defend Siasia’s coaching abilities, bcoz i am not the person that appointed him as coach of the U-23 Team. The NFF took that decision and the know the reasons why they took that decision.

          From my analysis it is crystal clear that Siasia is an expert in coaching youth teams and bring the best out of young players. He has proved this time and time again. He succesfully managed several youth teams in the United States, and he also successfully managed the the U-20 and U-23 Nigerian Teams. He has a track level of success at youth level. Manu Garba is the only other Nigerian that can argue with Siasia about being the best youth coach in Nigeria.