“Not a Good Sign” Siasia Calls for Improvement of Super Eagles

A former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, says The Super Eagles must boost their displays to have a chance of AFCON success. Samson Siasia, a member of the 1994 title-winning squad, expressed concern after recent struggles against Lesotho and Zimbabwe under Jose Peseiro.

Siasia stated in an interview that struggling against such opponents is “not a good sign” for a team aiming to lift the trophy or reach the 2026 World Cup. “We cannot be the best in Africa playing disorganized football,” he warned.

The coach called on players to understand what the national jersey represents, while the technical crew must enhance tactical approaches. Nigeria kick off their AFCON campaign on January 14 versus Equatorial Guinea as they aim to claim a fourth continental crown on home soil.

Further group matches will see them face tournament hosts Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau. But persuading critics like Siasia that they have the ability to triumph will require a marked step up in performance levels from Peseiro’s squad.

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