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?”
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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.For
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