…WE CAN’T SACK HIM - TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
Nigerians anxiously awaiting pronouncement on the future of the Super Eagles' Chief Coach, Samson Siasia, would have to wait a while, as the technical committee has pushed the final decision on the coach to the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
As reported, the Barrister Christopher Green-led Technical Committee met at the Glass House to deliberate on Siasia's future, but declined to address the media, noting that it would hand in its recommendations to the executive board of the federation.
Earlier before the committee's sitting, the chairman, Barrister Green, told Daily Sunsports that Nigerians should not expect any concrete decision after the committee's meeting, warning that the committee lacks the power to announce a decision of such magnitude.
'I want to tell you that whatever we resolve will not be for the consumption of the general public. We can only take decision but it is subject to the confirmation of the board. So, don't expect any concrete statement concerning the sack of Siasia,' Green said. Meanwhile, the man in the eye of the storm, coach Siasia, has stood stoutly in defence of the tactics and game plan he applied in the ill-fated match against Syli Stars of Guinea last weekend.
Speaking with the media in Abuja when he appeared before the NFF technical committee, Siasia insisted he had no regret dropping Vincent Enyeama, stressing that he can't allow any player who was not ready to obey simple rules to run his camp for him.
'I do not regret the decisions I took in terms of discipline in the team, I have the believe that for any team to move on, discipline must be the watch word. No player must be allowed to take over my team as it will set a bad precedent.' he added. SiaOne also debunked claims that he had no answer to the Guineans team who paraded more midfielders than his team, arguing that the Eagles midfielders were equal to the task before he removed Joel Obi in the second half when the team needed to kill off the game.
'It is not true that the Guinean paraded more midfielders than we did because they only played two midfielders. But, we had when Joel Obi was pulled and brought in Ekigho Ehiosun because as at that time we needed to score one more goal to ensure our qualification. Now, I expected that the other players would assist Mikel in the midfield, but even Mikel and the other player got lost searching for the third goal.' Siasia explained.
The World Cup coach (WCC) further stressed that the decision to start Peter Osaze Odemwigie ahead of Ike Uche was based on the performance of the players in training andnot by sentiments. as speculated.