Thursday, November 10, 2011
SIASIA PUNTS BLAME, FAILS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
Icheoku says an arrogant and annoyingly defensive Samson Siasia, just made matters worst by failing and refusing to acknowledge that his obstinacy and nothing else cost him his job. By stubbornly refusing to forgive and forget and call up Nigeria's currently most tested and most reliable goalkeeper numero uno, Vincent Enyeama for such a crucial match, despite numerous pleas to do so, Siasia set himself up for his final disembowelment. He should therefore not blame anyone else but himself for that failure of judgement which cost him his job.
Icheoku says had Siasia listened to the pleas of the so many Nigerians who beseeched him to forgive and recalled goalkeeper Enyeama and Nigeria still failed to qualify anyway, he would have been cut some slacks. He would still have his job today as pressure would have been mounted on NFF, on his behalf, to give him some more time as the head coach. But an egotistic Siasia felt he is rather too big to listen to Nigerians' supplications to let bygone be bygone and stuck to his gun. Moreso Enyeama had since apologized for whatever Siasia deemed he did wrong. But as far as Icheoku is concerned, speaking out against a below-par travel arrangement is not such an insubordination as would warrant benching of Nigeria's best and finest, especially in such a crucial match. Nigerians waited and hoped and even prayed that Siasia will not give them the rope with which to hang his sorry neck by qualifying without Enyeama. Unfortunately, he delivered the rope already noosed, and there ended his head-coaching stint with papa-eagles.