DON'T GAMBLE WITH NEW BOYS-NWOSU WARNS SIASIA
Former Super Eagles' star, Henry Nwosu, has cautioned Coach Samson Siasia over gambling with the Ethiopian match, even as he insisted that Lagos should be the match venue.
Nwosu warned that a change of venue at this time could be disastrous.
He advised the Eagles' coach to field more of the old players than the new ones, stressing that Eagles need nothing but a win to make it to the Nations Cup slated for Gabon/Equatorial Guinea next year.
'There is no need to complain about the friendly match played last week against Sierra Leone in Lagos, reason is that we are still on the building process and when you are building, you don't expect a perfect team. I see this Eagles doing well in the future, but we must support them to victory.
'As for the complain of some players in some quarters as regards the astroturf, as far as I am concerned, the complain hold no water because it is expected that a professional player should be able to play in any kind of pitch, giving astroturf as a reason for putting up a dismal performance is not acceptable.
'Well, as for the forth coming qualifier against Ethiopia in Nigeria, it is going to be a very tough game for Eagles but I see them coming out victorious, because we have abundant talent here in the country to achieve that, especially when the players are ready to play out their hearts. 'However, for Siasia to achieve this, I must caution him because of the importance of this match to the country, he should not gamble with it or else we will pay dearly for it.
'For him (Siasia) to turn out the much-expected result, he must play more of the old players than the new ones as attempt to play more new players than the old ones could cause us missing the Nations Cup, which Nigerians would not accept from him. I advise that he should be introducing the new players gradually until the team blend together.
'Moreover, I want that match to be played in Lagos as the team cannot get the type of support will get in Lagos in any other place in Nigeria. 'Lagos has a very good atmosphere for football any time any day. If you are doing well, you will get their support, but if you are not doing as expected, they will certainly react negatively by booing you which in all intent and purpose is to spur you to action. Siasia knows it, at least as a player, he also played in Lagos and he knows the type of support he enjoyed then. If the players don't want the negative reaction from fans, they should give their best,' Nwosu advised