Former Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia, has given his opinion on what is wrong and how to address the problem of decline in youth football in the country.
In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, the ex-Super Eagles coach spoke on the rave of the moment, Victor Osimhen as well as Samuel Chukwueze.
‘’Well, I’m happy that the deal went through after much delay, it’s a good thing for Nigerian football. If you look at the way Osimhen has been playing before now, you’re sure you’re going to get 110 per cent from him, that is the kind of attitude we need from our players, to be serious-minded.’’
When asked about Chukwueze if he too should embrace a move away from Villarreal, Siasia said: ‘’Yes, why not? Of course, he can move, he is a very enterprising young boy, good left foot.’’
The coach continued: ‘’Sometimes he tends to keep the ball too long but that’s something you can talk to him about, he has prospects. I have never met him before, he played under Amuneke but he never played under me. Osimhen played with me at the Olympics in Brazil so I know Osimhen better than him.’’
Siasia also offered some update on his pending case against FIFA to upturn the life ban slammed on him for alleged involvement in match-fixing.
‘’I thank Nigerians for all their support, I got lots of support from Nigerians. (Paused) The case is in court and the next and final hearing is coming up on October 6 and we’re getting ready for that. By the grace of God, the case will end up very well so that I can get out of this mess.’’