Siasia signs NFF contract

Samson Siasia has signed a four-year deal to coach the Nigerian senior national team – Super Green Eagles – at a ceremony in the capital, Abuja.

But his contract with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) is subject to review after the first two years.

His first aim is to earn a place at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, according to NFF President Aminu Maigari.

“Our football is in the emergency ward, but we have a coach that is capable of pulling the Super Eagles out of this troubling situation,” Maigari said.

“His contract is performance rewarding – he will get bonuses and benefits, based on the performance of the team.

“We expect him [Siasia] to hit the ground running, as expectations are high. He is the people’s choice and with the collective support of everyone, we can all achieve success.”

The 43-year-old former Super Eagles striker was chosen ahead of Stephen Keshi by the NFF last month and will start work immediately.

The coach, who has worked with Nigeria’s under-20 and Olympic teams, said he was delighted to have landed his dream job.

“I feel elated that finally a dream has come true – I thank the fans, the media and the NFF,” he said.

“But most importantly [I thank] the players, if it wasn’t for the players I wouldn’t be here. I promise to do everything humanly possible to make sure these eagles fly again. – the next time you see these Eagles, they will be a different team.”

And he was promised that there would be no government interference in the running of his team, according to the Director-General of the National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji.

“Government will not interfere with the coaching choice or the way football should be handled – we can advise but not intervene,” Mr. Ekeji said.

Source: BBC

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