Siasia: Sudan Will Be Tough

Siasia: Sudan Will Be Tough

–Ex-Eagles coach advises Keshi’s men to work hard

Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia believes that the senior national team will have no excuse than to beat Sudan in the upcoming 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers and back on track to qualify for the same tournament they won in South Africa last year.


The former Flying Eagles handler who led Nigeria to win silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China says the players would have to show more seriousness to the remaining matches after they failed to beat Congo and could only played a draw with South Africa in the two matches played so far in the qualifiers.

Head coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi at the weekend released a list of 23-man squad to battle Sudan in the home and away matches with some new players being given consideration and Siasia says the Big Boss knows the reason why he invited the players and what they can offer the team.


“For God sake, the coach has invited his players and I am sure he knows the players and what they can offer the team, but the important thing is that they should know that they must win the two matches because anything short of that could be dangerous”, says the soccer tactician
“They need our support and prayers to qualify for the Nations Cup but with hard work, hope is not lost yet. Going away in Sudan could be difficult but the players should know what is at stake and prepare very well for the challenges they will meet there.

Meanwhile, the new faces in the list Coach Stephen Keshi released at the weekend are Hope Akpan, Raheem Lawal, Anyora Ugonna and Aaron Samuel.

The away match will hold on October 11 while the return leg match holds in Abuja four days after.

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  • baba otu 7 years ago

    Siasia please keep your advise, don’t bring your mouth come put for this matter. We know you’re praying for Keshi to fail. One thing I know be say nobody go ever employ you as a coach. You better go and be a ball boy.

  • Baba otu ..You must be a mad man.By saying Siasia one should keep his mouth.Be a good man okay.

  • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

    @baba otu

    Siasia does not have to pray for Keshi to fail. Actually Siasia is being diplomatically correct and does not want to disrespect keshi. However anybody who has half a football brain can see that Keshi has lost the plot.

    Keshi’s invitation of new players to solve the problem areas does not make football sense. Anyway Keshi is the coach he can do what he wants.

    Akpan and Raheem Lawal are more defensive midfield/box to box midfielders. While I welcome their invitation, this is not really what the team needs. But there is nothing wrong with bringing them in to see what they can offer.

    The invitation of Anyora Ugonna and Aaron Samuel is a joke with all due respect to those players. I have watched these two players as at today they do not have the quality required for the National team. We should not deceive ourselves.