By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles assistant coach Simon Kalika insists that he and former Eagles chief coach Samson Siasia deserve another shot at the helms of the Eagles coaching job.
There is an uncertainty over the future of stop-gap Eagles boss, Stephen Keshi despite being in charge of the Eagles’ 2015 AFCON qualifiers thus far.
Nigeria will this weekend and next week Wednesday (October 15) play against Sudan in a double header 2015 AFCON qualifier, and in response to Completesportsnigeria.com’s question over the possibility of their return to the Eagles fold, Kalika states that he and his former boss, Siasia did not fail whilst in charge of the Nigerian national team.
“A second chance in the Eagles? A second chance feels and sounds as if we failed, but look at our starting point, ” begins Kalika during an exclusive chat with Completesportsnigeria.com
“We took over the team when they (Eagles) had lost their opening 2012 Nations Cup qualifying opener against Guinea(with Austin Eguavoen in charge of the team).
“Siasia and I never lost an official game with the Super Eagles,” the Surinamese-born coach tells Completesportsnigeria.com on phone from his Amsterdam home.
The amiable tactician would go on to extol their impact in the national team before the Nigeria Football Federation decided to axe them following the Super Eagles failure to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
“We changed the old-fashioned system with results like 5-0, 3-0, 4-1 etc. In every game, we created more than 10 chances,” Kalika stresses.
On Saturday’s game against Sudan managed by Mohamed Abdallah, Kalika states tersely:
“I believe the situation of things will be a source of inspiration to the players. I know the players will be up for the fight, but hopefully, they will not make the mistake of underrating the capability of the Sudanese team who could be spoilers.”
The Super Eagles are expected to hit Sudan on match day, October 11 and return to Abuja, Nigeria ahead of the next game against the Eastern African side ranked 133 in the world.