Nigeria’s Olympic Bronze medal-winning coach Samson Siasia says he is “done” working for Nigeria.
Samson Siasia, who coached Nigeria’s men’s football team to a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, is quitting due to the poor attitude of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the ministry of sports during the games in Rio
Siasia told the Vanguard that since arriving from Rio, no staff of the ministry has contacted the team.
“You can’t keep going to a place where they don’t appreciate you. It does not worth it. Sometimes it is not about the money but the approach. said Siasia
“They seem not to appreciate the sacrifices. I know how much I have sacrificed since the team began camping two years ago. How can you keep going to people who don’t appreciate you?
“It does not make sense, so I am done for now. I have to go somewhere else where they will appreciate what I have done and what I can do and pay me the respect that I deserve.”
Siasia also revealed that the NFF had taken the car that was given to him.
“Even before I returned from the Olympics, the only car they gave me, they took it away from my wife. That is just awesome.
“That is not how to treat someone who was out there seeking glory for the nation. Let them eat their national team.”
“I have fulfilled my obligations as a citizen, footballer and coach; right now I do not want to be involved in the Nigerian football system anymore,” said Siasia
Siasia is the most decorated African football coach at the Olympics having also won a silver medal in Beijing in 2008. He also took the Under-20 team to the finals of both the 2005 U20 World Cup and the U-20 African Youth Championship