Siasia Still Mourns AFCON Miss, Wants Early Russia 2018 Preparations

Siasia Still Mourns AFCON Miss, Wants Early Russia 2018 Preparations

By Bamidele Boluwaji:


Samson Siasia has told Completesportsnigeria.com that he is yet to fully recover fully from the Super Eagles' failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following their 1-0 defeat to Egypt in Alexandria.

Super Eagles caretaker coach has however called for early preparations for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which start in October.

“I thought the players would understand the need not to make any mistakes with the efforts we put into preparation for the home game," Siasia saod. "Unfortunately, they could not maintain the lead that would have given us the victory in Kaduna.

“Like every other Nigerian that is thinking about the matches, I am yet to recover from the games because we put in so much and we expected to yield positive results."

Siasia who also believes that the future is bright for the Super Eagles despite not qualifying for the 2017 AFCON advises that preparations must start on time for the World Cup qualifiers.

“We have to look into the future now after the AFCON wahala and we should be thinking of how to prepare well for the World Cup qualifiers which will soon start and that is the only thing that can help us as a nation."

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  • Captain 5 years ago

    Well said Samson. Its time to start planning for Russia 2018 qualifiers. I know you will discover more boys after the Brazil Olympics; those who could be drafted in to the Super Eagles. The biggest distraction on ground now is the issue of hiring a foreign coach. This will destabilise the team you have raised in such a short time. The future is very bright for super eagles if only NFF (especially Mr Pinnick) will allow you to continue with the boys. Hiring a foreign coach is not an automatic ticket to Russia 2018, I wish my fellow Nigerians would understand this. Our super eagles showed unusual determination and quality style of play against Egypt. We’re simply unlucky. Even though there were some mistakes from the boys, even so, super teams, clubsides and even best coaches make mistakes atimes. These can also be corrected. Let’s give Samson all the support and encouragement. I see Super Eagles flying very high in Russia 2018.