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Siasia denies applying to be Super Eagles coach

Nigerian coach, Samson Siasia has denied applying for the vacant Super Eagles Head Coach job even as he rues his suspension by FIFA.

Siasia said that the advertisement of the Super Eagles head coach’s job came too soon as he is still serving FIFA suspension, acknowledging that if the job was to come after August when his suspension will expire, he would have joined the race.

“I did not apply for Super Eagles coaching job because I know FIFA has yet to lift the suspension on me. I don’t know where those who reported that I applied got their story from.

“It’s common sense, I cannot be suspended and be applying for a job. I know I would not even be considered for it,” Siasia, told Complete Sports.

“The opportunity came too soon because I am still suspended until August 2024. If it had come after August this year, I would have been in contention to lead the Super Eagles.

“I feel bad, but I cannot help the situation I found myself in. I wish whoever gets the job best of luck.” The silver medal-winning coach with Nigeria’s Olympic team at Beijing added

Siasia frowned at the idea of hiring a foreign coach for the national team stating that there are many qualified and quality indigenous coaches capable of doing a better job.

“We should not waste our time and money hiring a foreign coach when we have qualified Nigerian coaches in the diaspora and domestic football scene. The NFF should not make the mistake again as the last two foreign coaches that handled the Super Eagles did not help develop the team,” Siasia advised.

“The NFF should look critically at all the coaches that applied for the job and pick the one with the best results and who could manage the egos of our foreign-based players. Nobody will tell me that Finidi George, Emmanuel Amunike, Salisu Yusuf and others will not do better than Peseiro and Rohr” Siasia stated.

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NFF appoints Many Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head coach

The Board of the Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013, Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

Garba’s squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0.

In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

Garba will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana, according to the NFF.

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NFF to decide on new Super Eagles head coach nextweek

The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will meet next week Tuesday in Abuja to decide on a new head coach for super eagles.

According to a report in SCORENigeria, the committee has already shortlisted seven coaches for the vacant position.

Former internationals Finidi George and Emmanuel Amuneke are the two leading candidates for the position.

Finidi led the team in interim capacity for the friendlies against Ghana and Mali last month.

The immediate task of the new coach will be the crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Squirrels of Benin Republic in June.

The games will take place on June 3 and 11, respectively.

The Super Eagles are yet to record a win in their group after they drawing their opening two games against Lesotho and Zimbabwe

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Doma United Goalkeeper, Osayi Kingdom seals move to Nordic FC

Doma United goalkeeper, Kingdom Osayi has sealed a move  to Swedish side, Nordic FC.

Osayi will team up with his new club in the summer

The youngster was in the stands during Doma United’s clash with Plateau United at the New Jos Stadium on Saturday.

Plateau United defeated the Savannah Tigers 4-0 in the game.

The goalie kept seven clean sheets in the first half of the season.

Osayi won the NPFL Player of the Month for November.

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