Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has been approached by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to take charge of the country’s Under-23 team in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Two years ago, Sisasia was in charge of the Super Eagles but was sacked in October 2011 when the team failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations. He has not worked since although the coach has been linked with various international jobs including the national teams of India and Kenya.
Before being appointed Super Eagles coach, Siasia led Nigeria to the final of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where the team lost by a lone goal to a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina. He also coached the Under-21 team, the Flying Eagles that also got to the final of the World Cup in 2005 where it lost to Argentina and Messi too.
An NFF spokesman said: “We have contacted Siasia for the vacant U23 job but he is yet to get back to us. He was on holidays in the US but we hear he is back so we will be expecting his response because we want to start early so as to avoid the pain of 2011.”
Austin Eguavoen, the current coach of Sharks of Port Harcourt FC resigned his post as coach of the Nigeria U23 team after he failed to qualify the team for the All Africa Games and the London 2012 Olympics. His failure meant that Nigerians in the UK failed to see their team during the recent London Olympics.
Eguavoen is currently embroiled in a bitter battle with Sharks as the club is yet to provide him with a working contract. Apparently, Eguavoen walked out of the team last Saturday over the matter as the club has not responded to his numerous requests since he joined them in November 2012. One source close to the club said that it hopes to resolve the matter this week though. Eguavoen was given the mandate of winning both the Federation Cup and the Premier League when he joined Sharks.