Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia wishes he could have done things differently

The sacked Super Eagles trainer says that the NFF must change the way it manages the affairs of the national team

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has said that if he has another shot at being coach of the national team, he will do things differently.

The former Super Eagles trainer, who was sacked after failing to qualify the country for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, also said that things must change concerning the administration of football in the country.

“There is nowhere in the world where a coach has to discuss his team list with the technical committee for approval for any match,” Siasia said at the MTN Hub, a round-table discussion on Sunday.

The ex-international said that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is part of the obstacle that does not allow the team and the coach to thrive.

After a tenure that saw him clash with key players in the squad, Siasia tried to explain the reasons why he left out goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and striker Peter Odemwingie from the national team at various times.

“I did not have any personal issues with Vincent, only in the manner of his approach to solving a challenge.”

Siasia has been appointed as the new coach of Indian Premier League side Durgapur, which also has Austin Okocha as a player.