Siasia agrees Eagles deserve insults


Nigeria coach Samson Siasia (In pic)says his team deserve all the insults thrown their way by fans after failing to qualify for next year's African Nations Cup.

The Super Eagles gave up a late goal to draw 2-2 with Guinea and miss out on qualification, with fan abuse trailing them since.

Siasia says the team deserve it

"We deserve all the insults we are getting. In the end, we failed to qualify and that hurt the fans, so they have a right to be angry," Siasia said.

"We are also hurt, because as much as the fans wanted to see us at the Nations Cup, it pains us more than it pains them.

"We have young players who were looking forward to their first Nations Cup. We have experienced ones who wanted to return there to challenge again.

"We have found it hard to sleep because everyone is thinking about what happened."

But Siasia says the team can take comfort from the progress that has been made in a short time

"In the few months we have been here, the team has grown younger, we are tactically stronger, we play the ball quicker than before, we create more than 7 chances in every game and we have not failed to score more than two goals. Except for the friendly against Argentina.

"So this team is doing well. It was just a communication problem at the end. We thought we were going through at 2-1, but we were not sure if that was enough, and we didn't want to take any chances that’s why we were pushing. Otherwise, we could have held on at 2-1."

Siasia's future remains uncertain, with the NFF having issued him an administrative query in their quest for answers, but the coach says he is prepared for the worst

"It is not in my hands now. Whatever the NFF decide, we will accept. If they want us to stay, we will carry on rebuilding this team in the right way.

"If they don't, we will say thank you and move on. That is the way football works."
The Nigeria team face arch rivals Ghana on Tuesday in London, and Siasia says an immediate response is imperative

"We have to put what happened behind us. There is nothing we can do about it. We just have to learn from our mistakes and make sure we play a good game and win against Ghana."
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