2013 Afcon: Siasia says lack of time will be Eagles’ nemesis

The former national team coach says that the team needs to quicken the pace of understanding the coach's philosophy in order to perform well at the Afcon

Former Nigeria coach, Samson Siasia has told Goal.com that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi must be wary of time while moulding his team that would confront Africa in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations holding in South Africa between January 19 and February 10, 2013.

The former Eagles boss believes that the only impediment to Eagles’ quest of winning the trophy in South Africa is lack of sufficient time to camp the players for the task ahead. He also hopes that Keshi would find a way of getting over this problem ahead of the competition.

“My real fears for Nigeria’s participation for the 2013 Afcon would be according to the following questions: does the team have enough time to play together to understand themselves? We have a good team but the next thing is how well do they understand themselves and what kind of tactics are they playing? I think that would be the biggest issue,” Siasia told Goal.com..

He harped on the “lack of limited time the players could have to stay together in camp to be able to adapt and understand the tactics and formation the team handler would like the team adopt.

“If we talk of players we have good players. So if Keshi picks the ones he thinks can help him, the problem will be how are they going to play? How much time do they have to play friendly games to look at the areas and who is going to play and other things they have to take care of too. So I believe blending will a problem for the team,” Siasia said.