.Says “you can’t reap where you didn’t sow”
By MADUABUCHI KALU
Former Super Eagles’ striker and coach, Samson Siasia, has come hard on for Eagles’ captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama for desiring to return to the Eagles ahead the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will hold in Russia next year.
According to the Bayelsa State born football tactician, who was booted out as the team’s gaffer for his failure to qualify the country for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2011, Enyeama should stay away from the team because he played no part in the team’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He explained that every well-meaning Nigerian pleaded with Enyeama to return to the Eagles squad after he had misunderstanding with the former captain and gaffer of the team, Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh but re bluffed everybody including himself and the late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
So, as far as Siasia is concerned Enyeama does not have any business nearing the team insisting that it is only those who played the qualifiers that should be made to prosecute the World Cup for the country.
“Well, for me as a coach, if you are not a part of the qualifying campaign, I don’t think you have to come and play any part in the World Cup. What about those who played and ensured that we qualified?
“I don’t think it is fair to bring Enyeama after other players have labored and ensured that the country qualified for the World Cup even after the team were not given any chance to make it as our group was tagged “Group of Death” due to the caliber of teams in the group.
“They begged him after he had disagreement with the former coach of the team who was equally a former player and captain of the team but he refused, so why do you need him when you have qualified?
“Inviting to the team is doing injustice to those players who qualified us to the World Cup. So how do you explain that? Siasia One as he is fondly called queried.
“When Ikeme was injured, they called him he refused; they begged him he didn’t bulge. Even when I was the coach,I called him, I begged him but he refused including the late Stephen Keshi but he refused.
“So, why are they asking him to come and play after other players have worked very hard by putting their lives on line to secure the World Cup ticket,” he explained.
Speaking on the young players in the Eagles’ squad Siasia said the World Cup will further expose them to sharpen their skills and attract better deals at the end of the Mundial.
“Of course there are many youngsters in the Eagles’ squad and I believe that the tournament will expose and sharpen them for better deals after the tournament.
“Like the young goalkeeper, Francis Odinaka Uzoho, I think he is a good goalkeeper and he is going to be one of the best goalkeepers in future,” Siasia said.
It is recalled that Siasia was fired on 28 October 2011 for failing to take the Nigeria team to the 2012 African Nations Cup in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.