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Angry Siasia spits fire, we are not prepared for Olympics qualifier

28 October 2015, 14:36Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Dream Team coach Samson Siasia has express anger and dissatisfaction over the way his team has been abandoned by the authorities even as they prepare for U23 AFCON to be hosted in Senegal. The competition will also serve as qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Speaking on Wednesday accused the Nigeria Football Federation of showing total lack of care, he also want President Muhammadu Buhari to effect change in sport.

“The federation keep saying they don’t have money but they cannot come out to tell you why they don’t have money, we are all liars in this country, we can’t tell the truth why we don’t have money to run our team.” An angry Siasia said on Brila FM.

“If president Buhari and his people are there and wants to make change it has to be a positive change, change sport, sport is a very big part of this country.

“You didn’t pay players and you want them to come and give their best, how possible is that?

“Nigerian league players will say they have three more games, leave camp saying they have to go and play on Wednesday and Saturday, so when are we gonna have players that we can say we have a team, so whatever happens I won’t be held responsible, it’s a big problem. How are we gonna survive in this kind of situation?”

Also read: Siasia invites more players for Olympic qualifiers

The former Super Eagles coach, who also accused the NFF of paying double bonus to the home based players for qualifying for the CHAN 2016, said the Dream Team is currently not ready for the event in Senegal next month, and are also not prepared for the Olympics.

“We are not doing anything yet, we’re just sitting there. The players will come one day and the next day they go to their clubs, they fly up and down. Trust me we are not prepared for any Olympics and if anything (wrong) happens, I will not be held responsible.

“Buhari is making that change, accepted, we thank him for what he is doing but there is no money in the system to do anything, and those people in the federation I don’t know who they are afraid of, instead of them (NFF) to go explain to them (presidency) what they are going through, they just sit down there and keep saying they don’t have money, so where is the money now?

“We can’t just sit here quiet and die because we cannot tell them the truth of what is going on, am tired of this thing.”

The NFF is yet to respond to Siasia's outburst.

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