- This is the first time Coach Samson Siasia will lose to any African national side while in charge of Super Eagles
- This is the second time Coach Siasia will fail to qualify the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the African Cup of nations
History will ever have it that the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the African cup of nations under coach Samson Siasia’s tutelage on two occasions.
The first being in 2012 before his sack, while the second being in 2016 while he was in charge of the Olympic team that had already qualified for the Rio Olympics.
Interestingly, the similarities in both situations was that Siasia had taken the responsibility to finish the qualification exercise after it was started by another coach.
In 2012 Austin Eguavoen started the qualification process, before Samson Siasia took over the job and eventually failed to qualify the Eagles for the tournament, he became the scape-goat and was axed. In 2015 Sunday Oliseh started the qualification process but resigned in the course of it, on grounds that the NFF were not living up to expectations. Siasia was called up and he for the second time failed to qualify the team after a two-leg encounter that went 2-1 on aggregate in favour of the Pharaohs of Egypt.
SIASIA PAID DEARLY FOR HIS PATRIOTISM
Siasia probably wanted to ensure that he was in the good book of NFF by helping out to qualify Nigeria for the AFCON 2017 after qualifying the Olympic team for the Rio Olympics, but lo, it became a different story.
Coach Samson Siasia had nothing to prove to Nigerians after qualifying the U-23 for the Olympics, he should have just concentrated on the Olympic team and allow the NFF get their foreign coach to help qualify the team. Moreover, Oliseh resigned 30 days to the match against Egypt, 30 days was enough for the NFF to get a foreign coach to do the job, but he sunk himself into the trap.
A lot of factors worked against Siasia in his quest to be patriotic and help out, the late minute equalizer that was scored by Salah in Kaduna was one, suddenly Chad who had also been a source of another three points withdrew from the group fixtures, compelling Siasia and his team to go ahead to Alexandria and do the magic, then the inability of the boys to finish up by scoring in Egypt worked against the team.
Siasia had an unbeaten record against any African side with the Super Eagles, but the Pharaohs of Egypt whom he had never met before suddenly conquered that record at Alexandria, just like Alexandria conquered the city in Egypt and it was named after him.
Siasia will be seen mostly by critics as one who is only good for the age-grade team, as he has failed to qualify the Super Eagles of Nigeria for two African Cup of Nations, but has been successful with the U-20 in 2005, U-23 in 2008 and 2016.
The mere fact that the NFF Chairman had considered getting a foreign coach was a very good reason why Siasia should have stayed clear off the job, and probably wait for an opportunity when he would be given the Super Eagles job to start from scratch to finish, and not coming in when the relationship had gone sour between the NFF and the coach of the Super Eagles