Worried NFF summons coaches, as Zambia picks Lusaka for decisive tie
THE prospect of Nigeria missing again from both the male and women football events of the All Africa Games has compelled the Nigeria Football Federation (BFF) to summon coaches Samson Siasia and Edwin Okon to a war meeting this week with the federation’s technical committee.
At the meeting, according to NFF sources, the officials will look for ways of ensuring Nigeria made this year’s edition of the festival. Nigeria failed to qualify for both the men and women football events of the last All Africa Games hosted by Mozambique in 2011 following losses to Ghana’s teams in the qualifiers.
On March 22 in Abuja, Siasia’s team managed only a goalless draw with Zambia in the first leg of the Congo 2015 All Africa Games qualifiers and will meet the Southern Africans in Lusaka in a winner-takes-all second leg of the tie.
The game was originally scheduled for Ndola, but the Zambia FA informed the NFF yesterday that the match will now be played in their capital city. The Super Falcons drew 1-1 with Mali in Bamako and are expected to host the second leg in Abuja on April 5.
According to the NFF, the technical committee, led by Felix Anyansi Agwu, will meet with Siasia and Okon in Abuja to map out winning strategies for the games against Zambia and Mali. “I have been mandated by the Executive Committee to meet with the Head Coaches of both teams and find out what they will need to ensure qualification.
The NFF President is categorical that both teams’ qualification is non-negotiable. “We will sit down and deliberate seriously on what must be done, what must be addressed. We cannot afford not to qualify for the All-Africa Games,” Anyansi-Agwu said in Abuja. Meanwhile, Siasia has invited five players from the Flying Eagles that emerged victorious at the Senegal 2015 African Youth Championship to beef up his team.
The five players are Alampasu Dele Sunday, Bernard Bulbwa, Taiwo Awoniyi, Mustapha Abdullahi and Musa Mohammed.