*** Says No Foreign Coach For Now –
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has backed Super Eagles interim manager Samson Siasia.
The football body has assured the gaffer that there are no immediate plans to replace him with a foreign coach.
This information was disclosed by the NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi on Monday, stating that the sole responsibility of the federation is for the team to defeat Egypt in their crucial double header-tie later this month, adding that the body is confident the coach can give the team an AFCON ticket to Gabon 2017.
“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,” Sanusi said.
“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.
It was earlier reported the NFF received and filed some applications from some notable foreign coaches including Paul le Guen, who won the French Ligue 1 three-times in a row with Olympic Lyonnaise.
Sanusi however dismissed the report, stating that the stories were only speculations, put up to divert the attention of the team.
“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.