Group Managing Director, Daar Communications Plc, Tony Akiotu, told KAZEEM JIMOH inÂ this interview that he expects a new Super Eagles squad. Apart from that, he wantsÂ Nigeriaâ€™s Chief Coach, Samson Siasia to within two years, turn around the SuperÂ Eagles
What is your take on the appointment of Samson Siasia as the Chief Coach of SuperÂ Eagles?
Well, under the circumstance, I think it is the best decision that the NFF and itsÂ officials have ever made. The desire of Nigerians is to have an indigenous coach forÂ the Super Eagles and Siasia is the most exposed in terms of experience and exposure.Â I hope he will give Nigerians the much-expected result in terms of performance atÂ the highest level.
What are your expectations from Siasia?
I expect him within two years, to turn around the Super Eagles for good; to injectÂ fresh legs into the team and lead the Super Eagles to at least the semi-final stageÂ in the next Africa Nations Cup in 2012. It is also expected that he will get theÂ Super Eagles to put up a respectable performance in the next World Cup in Brazil.
What is your message to him as he takes charge of the Super Eagles ?
If I were in his shoes, I will tell the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to hire aÂ complete coaching crew for me, which includes a goal keeper trainer and a physicalÂ trainer among others that a foreigner will get as a coach of Nigeria. Football isÂ not all about getting the ball behind the net. Many Nigerians who do not understandÂ the nature of football think it begins and ends with the coach. It doesnâ€™t.Â To getÂ positive result, you must ensure that your goalkeeper is the best you can afford;Â your mildfield has some of the best players and psychologically, your players are inÂ the right mood and right frame of mind before a match. All these are departments ofÂ the game with specialised skills. If you donâ€™t have them, you can never perform wellÂ on a football pitch.