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Samson Siasia worried by blunt strike force

Posted: 15 August 2010 Time: 09:26

Heartland coach Samson Siasia goes into Sunday's CAF Champions League showdown against Ismaily with concerns about his misfiring strike force. 

Last year's finalists played out a 1-1 draw against Al Ahly in their opening game, and then lost to JS Kabylie in their second.

On both occasions, they were guilty of creating, then passing up some choice opportunities in front of goal, and Siasia has been left to rue their lack of a cutting edge.

"The biggest problem we have had is finishing," he told. "We create a lot of chances, and then we fail to take it.

"We have spent time working on it and we hope they can do better in Algeria because we need to win. We have no choice. But if you don’t score goals, you can’t win games."

To get goals, Heartland have added strikers Chibuzor Ozurumba, Emma Nwachi and Ghanaian Isaac Oduro.

Siasia, who is expected to be named Nigeria coach in the coming days, is under no illusions as to what awaits Heartland in Algeria.

"They will be desperate to win because they are playing at home and they have lost their two games.

"But we also need to win to put ourselves back in contention and we expect a very difficult game on Sunday."

Group leaders JSK are home to Al Ahly, but the tie has already been marred by Egypt/Algeria fan violence, with the Egyptian team's bus met by a hail of stones in Algeria.

At least one player is reported to have been injured in the incident. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:28 am
Time to improve ur CV Siasia. We'd see by the end of the day.
posted: 11:50 am
promo: shut up you know nothing about coaching, did he sign those players in Heartland?, why did morinho by new players in real Madrid, he would have use the players he find there, even if Siasia buy new players now he cant use them in caf, registration of players is over, i hope you get it in your head, siasia hater.

every coach has his special player, murinho just buy Cavalho, he would have use the ones there, eh also want to buy maicon.
posted: 12:07 pm
@ikkalu promo has not said anything bad, why must we always look for means to insult people.
and here is my argument if you cannt perform the miracle expected of you, why do you have to take the job, he bought the players or not is not an excuse so far am concern he sees himself capable thats the reason why he did take the job, i can ask you the reason why martin oneil of astonvilla retire with just 7 days to the beginning of new campaign if siasia go ahead and win the trophy, he wont say he did not buy those players, let us be fair with whatever we say as i wish him all the best luck with his team.
posted: 12:09 pm
@IKKalu tell them my brother, all the best of luck Siasia and Heartland fc
posted: 12:13 pm
@ikkalu if you know anything about coaching yourself, a coach should know if he can sign a player or not before taking up any challenge. e.g mourinho knew he will buy players at madrid so he did accept the offer martin oniel knew he wont be able to buy players he left.
posted: 12:19 pm
He was call up at late time and was ask to help as Technical Adviser not coach, and is not a permanent job, me i do not trust this Local players any more, 5 players from Heartland i mean they know they are registered in caf champions league, this 5 players left the country to Europe for trials, and this is 5 key players, so what do you want Coach or TA to do, one player i know in Heartland is Ayaya good attacker but he is not there.
posted: 01:50 pm
When are we suppose to learn and move forward. Football is not just as easy as we think. Let us just be united and give this gentle man Siasia all the neccessary supports. He is the best for now among all our indigenous coaches. He has some attributes of the special one (Jose Mounrinho) which I think is a plus for Nigeria football. My piece of advice is that he should never consider his pocket first but put all Nigerians first. The moment this is done, he will take us to where we have been longing to be. All the best Siasia and my fellow
Mike .
posted: 03:00 pm
@lurdmanny, u self no nothing about coaching. If sia1 no take the job una go say him too proud. Sia1 meet those players there and him no buy any. U for give sia1 udoji utd,ranchers bees players or even pregnant woman like Yakubu make him use win caf champions league.Sia1 don complain about him players so him dey write.Una go just come here de disgrace una self. Ikkalu u dey 100% correct with ur comment.I wish sia1 best of luck
posted: 05:32 pm
well,it going to be tof but we will still win the match
posted: 05:32 pm
well,it going to be tof but we will still win the match
posted: 05:32 pm
well,it going to be tof but we will still win the match
posted: 06:33 pm
Eneramo on Target today for Esperance! It is a pity Lagerback dropped him for a lack-lustre Yakubu and non-playing Ideye. I expect Siasia to call him up as he appears to be our best striker for now.
posted: 08:39 pm
I think kickoffnigeria can learn from this. What a complete report of the Federation cup final by (including goal scorers, time goal was scored, squad list). If kickoff can get more hands, with the type of following in this site, gradually Nigerians will start showing interest in our league.

August 15, 2010

Kaduna United clinched this year's Federation Cup Sunday after they defeated Enyimba 3-2 on penalties after both teams played out a 3-3 stalemate in regulation time.

Substitute goalkeeper Chinedu Agwu was the cup final hero at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano as he saved two of the kicks during the penalty shootout.

Kaduna two-goal star Bola Bello lost his penalty, while Ofem Inah, Magnus Iwuoha and Daddy Bazuaye lost theirs for Enyimba.

Enyimba, who have won the cup competition last year as well as in 2005, were thus denied the chance to clinch a treble after they have already won the league as well as the pre-season tournament, the Super Four.

This was Kaduna United's first major piece of silverware. They will now represent Nigeria in next year's CAF Confederation Cup, along with Sunshine Stars of Akure, who placed third in the Nigeria Premier League.

Sunday's final was a heavily policed with over 1,500 policemen on duty at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano following Enyimba's concerns over their safety after an incident during the recent Super Four tournament, where Kano Pillars protested their 2-1 loss to the 'People's Elephant'.

Kaduna controlled the game with their attractive passing game, while Enyimba employed their maturity and experience to curtail the forays of their more youthful foes.

Kaduna United took the lead in the 28th minute from a spot kick converted by Bola Bello after goalkeeper John Lawrence was adjudged to have brought down a goal-bound Kaduna striker.

They increased their advantage seven minutes later courtesy of Siman Yusuf, before Enyimba pulled a goal back in the 37th minute from the penalty spot after Kaduna goalkeeper Ibrahim Pius fouled an Enyimba striker. Magnus Iwuoha netted the spot kick.

Former Dolphins ace Bello regained Kaduna's two-goal advantage on the 40th minute through a solo goal. His goal celebration, which saw him pill off his jersey, earned him the only booking of the first half.

Defender Valentine Nwabili smashed home a 45-yard rocket to reduce Enyimba's deficit on the dot of half time.

The revived league champions then restored parity in the 52nd minute when Atanda Sakibu superbly finished off a good combination play at the edge of the box for Enyimba's third goal.

Ten-man Rangers won the third-place match 2-1 at the expense of Sunshine Stars in a balanced game.

Brendan Ogbu put the Flying Antelopes ahead after 14 minutes before Sunshine drew level 10 minutes later through Dele Olorundare.

Rangers made sure of victory when substitute Peter Obiorah netted the winner in the 71st minute.

Rangers forward Ejike Uzoenyi was sent off in the 75th minute.

Match stats
August 15, 2010
2010 Federation Cup final
At Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano
Kaduna United (3) 3 (Bola Bello-pen 28, 40, Siman Yusuf 35,)
Enyimba (2) 3 (Magnus Iwuoha 37-pen, Valentine Nwabili 45, Atanda Sakibu 52)
Penalty shootout: Kaduna United 3 (Abdulmalik Mohammed, Jude Aneke, Benjamin Ishaya) Enyimba 2 (Cletus Itodo, Rasheed Olabiyi)
Ref: Ogunyanmo Henry (Ondo)
Cautions: John Lawrence 23; Bola Bello 41; Emeka Anyanwu 78
Kaduna United: Ibrahim Pius (Chinedu Agwu 85) - Victor Ezema, Emma Ambrose, Benjamin Ishaya, Papa Idris (C), Linus Adams - Sani Aruwa (Babangida Shaibu), Bola Bello, Siman Yusuf, Jude Aneke, Femi Balogun (Abdulmalik Mohammed 54)
Subs not used: Yusuf Bature, Jonathan Odoh, Peter Owocho
Coach: Maurice Cooreman
Enyimba: John Lawrence - Ofem Inah, Valentine Nwabili, Emeka Anyanwu, Emma Anyanwu(Oke Odita 81), Cletus Itodo, Otekpa Eneji (Rasheed Olabiyi 46), Philip Auta, Atanda Sakibu (Daddy Bazuaye 59), Magnus Iwuoha, Ajani Ibrahim
Subs not used: Paul Godwin, Rueben Gabriel, Chinedu Udorji, Henry Uche
Coach: Okey Emordi
posted: 08:47 pm
@ mike i have never said anything bad as am also in support of siasia, what am saying is this, siasia should not do anything that will rubish is profile like what happen i think last year when the fools in the glass house where celebrating his loss, and that is why i made a good example in martin oniel the former astonvilla coach he retired when he discover he wont be able to buy players, is there anything i have said wrong??
posted: 09:31 pm
Guys, di anyone of you saw the story about Amodu saying, the downfall of eagle in south Africa was down to him, in his word,God will not fold his hand and let his son(Amodu) suffer. they`ve now taking the story offline maybe they realise it was a PR disaster.
posted: 09:48 pm
HEARTLAND 0 ISMAYLA 1, this is not good at all the goal keeper of heartland i dont know where he come from he is panicking look check goal he score his team, na wa oooooh home base players.
posted: 09:58 pm
When eyeama was in Eyimba he was also keeping for Nigeria, please heart land next season go for Akpan bassy, he is the best home base goal keeper not this guy who cant even target the ball on the air
posted: 10:07 pm
Ndubuisi EZE a Nigerian score for Ismaily
posted: 10:09 pm

Former Julius Berger striker Ndubuisi Eze has joined top Egyptian club Ismaily to boost their firepower.

The 26-year-old Eze joined last season’s league runners-up after a brief sojourn at Libyan club Nasr.

Eze made his mark in Sudan with Al Hilal, helping them to reach the semi-final of the CAF Champions League in 2007.

His experience is expected to bear on the team’s CAF Champions League campaign this year where they are drawn in Group B along with local rivals Al Ahly, Heartland of Nigeria and JS Kabylie from Algeria.
posted: 10:27 pm
Look at that goalkeeper for God-sake, he came out and ran under the ball. It must be very difficult to coach and motivate players who knows if anything happen to them, they are on their own, terrible salary, terrible welfare, (insurance) get injured and you are on your own.
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