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Samson Sia Sia is new Super Eagles Coach

The Nigerian Football Federation has named Samson Siasia, 43 as the national team coach to succeed Swedish Lars Lagerbäck

Samson Sia Sia

Club career

At club level, Siasia most notably played for French team FC Nantes where he became league champion in 1994/95. He also played for Australian club Perth Glory with fellow Nigerian Peter Anosike, as well as in Belgium, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

[edit] International career

He played 46 international matches for Nigeria, in which he scored thirteen goals, and was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup [1] and won the 1994 African Nations Cup. He participated in the National Team over a period of 11 years and was recognized in Nigeria as the third leading scorer for the National Team.

In 2005, Samson Siasia coached the under 20 team (Flying Eagles), taking them to the finals of both the 2005 Under-20 World Cup and the U-20 African Youth Championship. He won the African Youth Championship and advanced all the way to the world final – before losing to Argentina 2-1. He also assisted Augustine Eguavoen in coaching the national team.

Samson Siasia was appointed national U-23 coach on January 2007. In 2008, he coached the Nigerian Under-23 Olympic squad to the final against Argentina. In a superbly played series of matches, Nigeria’s team earned the Olympic Silver Medals. Earlier in 2008, the U-23 team won the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia. This fine team was composed entirely of domestic Nigerian players and won the Cup against many teams headed for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

In addition to his position as head coach of the Under 23 Olympic Eagles, he developed a youth academy in the capital city Abuja, called SiaOne Soccer Academy. On March 17, 2009, he was reappointed as the head coach of the under-20 team after the finished a disappointing 3rd in the 2009 African Youth Championship. He received a six-month contract to coach Heartland F.C. in July 2010. 

Coaching Highlights

  • Samson Siasia was the coach of the Nigerian Olympics Team(Dream Team IV), who won a silver medal for Nigeria, losing to Argentina in the finals by a lone goal.
  • Qualified Nigeria U-23 team for the 2008 Summer Olympics. His team reached the final.
  • Nigeria’s U-23 team win inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia (May 2008)
  • Appointed national U-23 coach of Nigeria 2007
  • Led Nigeria to the U-20 World Championship finals 2005 Netherlands (finished second)
  • Qualified Nigeria U-20 team for the U-20 World Youth Championship 2005
  • Coached Nigeria U-20 team to win the U-20 African Youth Championship 2005 in Benin
  • Appointed national U-20 coach of Nigeria 2004
  • Served as assistant coach to Nigerian National football team from 2004–05
  • Coached youth team in United States to Georgia state finals and national ranking 2003-04
  • Hired as Heartland FC technical advisor on July 2010