The Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Police have joined other Nigerians making a passionate appeal to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to retain the services of Coach Samson Siasia as the chief coach of the Super Eagles, warning that using him as a sacrificial lamb for the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s failure to pick the 2012 Africa Nations Cup ticket would spell further doom for the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s football.
Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ibrahim A. Kure, who represented the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar, told Daily Sunsports in a chat in Abuja recently at the unveiling of the Nigerian Air Force Games that even though he was disappointed with the Eagles’ failure to pick the ticket, the federation should not sack Coach Siasia.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was really disappointed with the players’ performances during the match against Guinea. As a Nigerian, I felt sad and pained that we would not be in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, but there is nothing we can do to change the situation now. The reality is that we are out of the tournament, but beyond that, it will give us the opportunity to reappraise the future of our football in order to chat a new course for the game in the country,Ã¢â‚¬Â AVM Kure stated.
Asked if the federation should sacrifice Siasia over the incidence, the Air Force chief thundered: Ã¢â‚¬Å“My answer to your question is capital no! Siasia has done well in repackaging the senior national team since he became the manager. The NFF should not sack him, but allow him to continue with his reformation agenda in the team.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In his own reaction, the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, who was represented by the Chief Security Officer of the national team, Police Commissioner Gideon Akinsola, warned that Siasia’s sack would be counter-productive. He, therefore, begged the federation to try and retain his services as coach of the Super Eagles.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“If we should be honest with ourselves, Siasia has really rebranded the Super Eagles since he came on board. Therefore, I want to appeal to the NFF to give him another chance. What happened should rather serve as a lesson for us to reappraise the future of football in Nigeria,Ã¢â‚¬Â Akinsola said.
Meanwhile, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for the embattled EaglesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ handler, as a member of the executive board and Chairman of the Security Committee of NFF, Chief Effiong Johnson, said he wouldn’t support the plan to sack Siasia as coach of the national team.