Siasia hails Eagles victory over Cote D’Ivoire

The former national team coach has praised the performance of the team over the Elephants in Kaduna on Saturday

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has showered encomiums on the Super Eagles for whitewashing the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire 4-1 in the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier that was played at the weekend.

Sunday Mba scored a brace while Mohammed Gambo and Ifeanyi Edeh both added one apiece.

Impressed Siasia told Goal: "I think the players did well against Cote d'Ivoire most especially scoring four goals. This will really count in the return leg in Cote d'Ivoire.

"The question is how many days did they spend together to get this result, it’s just five days or so. This is a good team and they played collectively as a team.

"The team has done well and Stephen Keshi has done a fantastic job on these players and we are proud of them. We can only hope for the best in the return leg in [Abidjan].

"My advice to the team and Keshi is that they should go to Cote d'Ivoire with the mindset of going there to win. The strikers should work hard there to get an early goal which could go a long way in not only rattling the [opponent] but to destabilize it," Siasia advised.

The former Eagles tactician also singled out Enugu Rangers midfielder Mba for leading the team to the comprehensive victory.

"Mba unarguably was the best player on parade. He is maturing with every match since the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where he broke into the lime light. But I will give credit to the entire team for playing well and getting a deserved victory," Siasia summed up.