The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has threatened to expose the outgoing coach of the country’s U23 football team, Samson Siasia, if he continues to publicly chastise the federation.
A top NFF official, who spoke with OwnGoalNigeria.com on Sunday, described the coach as an ingrate, adding that he was the reason Nigeria did not qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, slated for Gabon.
The official further threatened to end Siasia’s coaching career, claiming that the federation have evidences that the coach selects his players based on favoritism, which has hindered the country’s chances of doing well in tournaments.
“We have endured Siasia’s excesses, he knows we have our own side of the story he is telling to the press. He shouldn’t forget that our recent spate of failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations was started by him,” the official said.
“He is an ingrate, we gave him the chance to relaunch himself with the U-23s but he showed us he is still the same person, we know how some players were selected both for the Super Eagles in the two games he handled and also for the U23s, he should just keep shut.
“We have facts to show he was involved in some dealings that led to our failures at tournaments; as a matter of fact, go and ask any board member, we received more petitions about Siasia than any other coach, he knows it.
“If he doesn’t keep shut, we will shame him and end his coaching career, a team that should have won gold, he selected players based on favoritism and he wants us to celebrate bronze with him; we are wiser than that.”
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Recall that Siasia whose contract expired after the Rio Olympic Games, said he was done with Nigeria as he has not been appreciated by the football federation.
According to him, he has not been contacted by any staff of the Sports Ministry or NFF, since he arrived from the Games.
“My next step is that I am done with Nigeria for now,” Siasia told Vanguard.
“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.”