Former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, coach Kashimawo Laloko has described Samson Siasia ‘s appointment as the new Super Eagles coach as a beginning of a new era in the country’s football.
Laloko said that Siasia knows where the shoe pinches, pointing out that he is on ground and has the knowledge on how to get the best out of the players while his consistency with Nigerian football would bring the problem of the game to an end.
Laloko urged Nigerians to be patient with the former Super Eagles striker saying he is not a magician but has the charisma to bring back the country’s lost glory in football both in Africa and the world.
The former handler of the defunct Stationary Stores football club of Lagos said appointing Stephen Keshi would have looked like hiring a foreign coach .
“Siasia’s appointment is going to bring change to the country’s football. He knows where the problems lie and he is presently handling Heartland football club of Owerri in our local league.
“I know what Siasia can do, he has the charisma to carry the players along and as well transform the Super Eagles. He goes to the nooks and crannies of the country to fish out talents from nowhere. We all saw it with the U-20 team in 2005 both in Benin during the Africa Youth Championship and World Youth championship in Holland.
“Again the same happened when he qualified the country for the Beijing Olympics football game final three years later and the team won silver medal. What I am saying is that the right man has been given the job.
“I am not saying that Keshi is not good for the job, but bringing him to take over as the coach is like hiring a foreign coach to handle the team”, Laloko surmised.