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Siasia wants NFF to change its attitude

14 December 2015, 10:58

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 challenges.

“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 quiet.

“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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