Super Eagles Not Ready For Nations Cup — Siasia
The Super Eagles failed to win their first two matches in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
Former Nigerian international Samson Siasia has revealed that the Super Eagles are not ready for the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.
Siasia believes the team is disorganised and not ready to impress at the 2023 Nations Cup and the 2026 World Cup.
“Like the majority of Nigerians, I am worried about the Eagles’ lackluster performances so far. Struggling against countries like Lesotho and Zimbabwe is not a good sign of a team ready to win the Africa Cup of Nations as well as qualify for the 2026 World Cup,” the former striker stated.
Siasia is currently serving a worldwide ban from football since August 2019 and was fined $50,000 for agreeing to the manipulation of matches for betting purposes.
He is expected to be out of the ban in August 2024.
Siasia has managed the Nigeria U-20, U-23 and the Super Eagles team in the past and is regarded one of the best coaches in the country.
The Super Eagles have been paired in Group A alongside hosts Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau.
Peseiro’s men will begin their Nations Cup campaign against Equatorial Guinea on January 14.
He added, “Let us not deceive ourselves, we cannot be the best in Africa with this disorganised team. Our players must be made to understand what it means to wear the green and white jersey of the nation while the coach also needs to improve on the tactical approach.”