Dakar - After surmounting several odds to win the 2015 CAF
U23 Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia has called out on the
Nigeria Football Federation to decry the challenges his team faced before
emerging as champions of Africa at the U23 level.
It would be recalled that Siasia had before the U23
championship, lamented the lack of proper training materials for his team as
well as their unpaid allowances.
Speaking in a radio interview, Siasia called for a change in
how football is run in the country.
Also read: Siasia admits they were lucky to beat Senegal
“Sometimes you try to
hide the truth because you don’t want to offend someone,” Siasia said in
reference to the reprimand he received from the NFF after revealing the team’s
“If things don’t change, there won’t be a change in the
sports sector or in anything we do in life because one person is your boss and
you cannot tell him the truth and everybody else is in trouble because of that.
“For one year we didn’t get anything. Daily allowances, we
didn’t get, jerseys we didn’t get, there were no training kits and we kept
“We know what we’ve done to preserve the image of our
country. We buy jerseys and hide ourselves and try to look good for ourselves.
“We came over here (Senegal), we didn’t have anything to
wear, we managed with just one jersey and we tried our best to represent our
country and it was too much, we cannot continue like this,” he said.
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