Olympic Bronze medal-winning coach, Samson Siasia, says he is done working for Nigeria. Coach of the National U-23 team, Dream team VI, that just returned from 2016 Olympics, disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard.
When asked what his next step with the national team was, he said:
“My next step is that I am done with Nigeria for now. You can’t keep going to a place where they don’t appreciate you. It does not worth it. Sometimes it is not about the money but the approach.
“They seem not to appreciate the sacrifices. I know how much I have sacrificed since the team began camping two years ago. How can you keep going to people who don’t appreciate you?
“It does not make sense, so I am done for now. I have to go somewhere else where they will appreciate what I have done and what I can do and pay me the respect that I deserve.”
Lamenting the poor attitude of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the Ministry of Sports during the games in Rio, coach Samson Siasia added that the NFF took away the car that was given to him, even before he came back.
“Even before I returned from the Olympics, the only car they gave me, they took it away from my wife. That is just awesome. That is not how to treat someone who was out there seeking glory for the nation. Let them eat their national team,” he added.
Speaking on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, he said:
“We are out of the AFCON, U-20 and U-17 teams have all crashed out, what hope do we have to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?
“I wish the country well, but before we talk of qualifying we must do the right thing. When we don’t do the right thing and still want to qualify, then it does not work that way.
“Yes we pray, but other countries also pray and God is a fair God and I believe God will most likely answer the prayer of the person who has worked and prayed.
“To succeed you must plan and if you don’t plan in any human endeavour, you have planed to fail. But they have hired a new coach and that is the first step towards succeeding.
“Well, they have hired a coach, I wish them well but what time does he have to even know the players he intends to work with? I sincerely pray that he qualifies us for the World Cup.”
Samson Siasia was appointed national U-23 coach in January 2007. He had coached the team to the Olympics final in 2008, where they lost to Argentina to secure silver.