Newly appointed Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Samson Siasia has promised to buildÂ a brand new team that would be the pride of the nation in international footballÂ competitions.
Siasia, who had 46 caps for the national team during his playing days, was yesterdayÂ in Abuja named by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFFâ€™s Technical Committee toÂ succeed stand-in coach, Austin Eguavoen as Nigeriaâ€™s substansive coach for the nextÂ four years.
Shortly after he was given the nod as Eaglesâ€™ manager, Siasia, who was chosen aheadÂ of former Nigeriaâ€™s skipper Stephen Keshi, says his first duty is to assess theÂ players in the present squad and begin an overhauling process which would give theÂ country a solid team.
â€œIâ€™m happy about the new job and will start my work immediately the NFF formalisesÂ my contract. I know the enormous task of coaching the Super Eagles, but we have aÂ duty to raise a squad that our football loving people will be proud of.
â€œNigerians will see a new Eagles that will comprise good players. As I told theÂ committee during the interview, I have to look at the present team and see where weÂ need to bring in new players. Basically, the nation will see a team that would playÂ offensive football with the passion to win,â€ he assured.
Before assuming official duties on 1 December, 2010, Siasia hinted that he wouldÂ accompany the Eagles to Iran for their international friendly match on 17 November,Â and use the opportunity to assess the quality of players in the squad.
The appointment of Siasia ended an endless search for a substansive coach to tinkerÂ the Eagles after the departure of Lars Lagerback, the Swede Technical Adviser whoÂ led the Nigerian team to a dismal outing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Siasia won the 2005 African Youth Championship, AYC trophy for Nigeria, led theÂ Flying Eagles to win silver medal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Netherlands 2005Â before losing the gold to Argentina.
Born on14 August 1967, Siasia, who will earn N5m monthly, also led the U-23 squad toÂ the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games final but Nigeria narrowly lost the gold medal againÂ to Argentina.