The General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, disclosed this on Monday, March 14, when he said:
“We have absolute trust in Siasia to deliver, and we are giving him all the support to ensure that we achieved our target which is to qualify for AFCON. We are not thinking of replacing him for now and we are not discussing with any coach as at this moment. Siasia was with me this morning and I assured him that his job is safe and not threatened”.
“Honestly, we don’t know where this story is coming from because we are not talking with any foreign coach. We don’t want anything that will distract the team from the task of beating Egypt home and away. We have confidence in Siasia, that is why we saddled him with the responsibility of heading the coaching crew after Sunday Oliseh resigned.
“What we want from Nigerians is support and prayers so that the Super Eagles qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. Siasia is doing well so far and we trust him to deliver,” he added.
Meanwhile, former Super Eagles player and soccer legend, Nwankwo Kanu has given the interim coach, Siasia some tips on how to overcome the Egyptians in Kaduna.
Speaking in Lagos at the weekend, Kanu said unless there was unity of purpose, hunger in the players and focus from both the players and the coaches, victory over the Pharaohs would be hard to come by.
Kanu who believes the Eagles has what it takes to beat Egypt, charged the team to remain focused and get the desired result for the nation. He also had a word for the technical crew: “Remain calm and find a way to work together and manage the players well.”
Coach Samson Siasia has also expressed confident in the team’s ability to beat the Egyptian team come March 25.
The Eagles are currently second in their AFCON 2017 qualifying group phase ahead of the crucial two-legged tie against Egypt in March. The first leg will be played in Kaduna on March 25 while the second leg will be played in Egypt, three days later.