NATIONS CUP QUALIFIER: NO EXPERIMENTS AGAINST ETHOPIA – SIASIA
Eagles' Coach, Samson Siasia, has told players invited for the Nations Cup cracker against Ethiopia to either shape up or be ship out as he is not ready to experiment with the match.
He told the technical committee of the NFF last Friday that he was going to field only players who showed understanding of his game plan and promised to axe any player that defaults in any of his rules. 'I won't take chances in the game against Ethiopia because it will define our will to muscle out Senegal from the first position she now occupies.
The Super Eagles are hard pressed to win against the visiting Ethiopia at the Abuja National Stadium on March 27 to get back on track their campaign to feature at the 2012 Nations Cup. Nigeria is behind group the leader, Guinea, by three points after two rounds of matches with only the overall group winner assured of a ticket to next year's tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. This will the first competitive game of Siasia in charge of the Eagles and he has promised the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that he will win big in Abuja.
'He told the committee he was not prepared for experiment in the game because he wants a resounding home win for his team,' a top official said Ethiopia was trounced 4-0 by the Eagles the last time she visited Nigeria in 1993. The current Ethiopian team is handled by Iffy Onoura, a Nigerian, who holds a British passport. The team will acclimatise in neighbouring Ghana ahead of the Group B clash.
Siasia also told the technical committee at his Friday briefing in Abuja that there was much room for improvement in the team after its performance against Sierra Leone in a friendly.