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Siasia starts with a win for Super Eagles

Posted: 9 February 2011 Time: 23:07

He did look nervy in the end, and that image of him biting his fingernails will take while to leave the memory, but Samson Siasia got off to a win in his first match as Super Eagles coach, claiming a 2-1 victory over Sierra Leone in Lagos.

Taye Taiwo's first half penalty and Ekigho Ehiosun's toe-poke in the second had the Super Eagles flying, but their spirits were deflated by a late Sierra Leone goal two minutes from time.

Siasia has spent the weeks since his appointment promising attacking football, and on that score he delivered. Every chance the Eagles got, they attacked the Leone Stars down the wide areas. Ahmed Musa, who broke the Nigerian domestic league goalscoring record last term, was proving particularly troublesome down the right channel with his pace and guile.

Peter Utaka was not quite as effective on the other flank, but he is a central striker.

It was the visitors who got the first opportunity, with barely three minutes played when Mohammed Bangoura's cross cum shot forced Dele Ayenugba into a fingertip save. But from then on, it was Nigeria.

Utaka was denied a penalty when clean through on goal, but was awarded one for a trip that looked dodgy. Taye Taiwo had no complaints as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to put the Eagles ahead.

Emmanuel Emenike, one of three debutants on the night, missed a fine chance to double the advantage when he muscled his way in from the left flank and just failed to put the ball under the keeper.

His day was ended when he collided with an opponent in midfield and had to be stretchered off. It was his replacement, domestic league top scorer Ekigho Ehiosun, who doubled Nigeria's advantage. Fed from a short corner routine between Osaze Odemwingie and Joel Obi, Ehiosun arrived with a poacher's instinct to get a toe to Obi's excellent delivery.

Odemwingie had the ball in the net for 3-0, but the flag denied him. Replays showed the assistant referee was wrong.

And the decision was to prove costly, when the visitors found space behind substitute Adefemi Olubayo and ripped a shot past Aiyenugba. Cue boos from the Lagos crowd.

But the Eagles rallied, and towards the end, they had won back the support of their fans. There is still a long road to travel, but now the hard work has started for Siasia.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:17 pm
We done Mr Samson i love you
posted: 11:31 pm
is there a link by chance that will show the replay or highlights for those of us who could not watch live.
posted: 11:32 pm
I must commend all the players for their fantastic display especially from the likes of Ahmed Musa this guy is too good and amazing, joe obi another great display by this lad. Infact all the players did wonderfully well except Yobo who i can still see the element of super chickens in him. Good work siasia , up eagles. Super Eagles is on the rise again. Naija 4 life.
posted: 11:34 pm
Horrible match, 2-1? Against Salone and people jumping all over the place as if we just won an ANC cup? lmao!!! Somethings never change...well let see how good Siaone is against likes of Ghana, Morocco, Algeria and Egypt.

I'm not impressed at all.
posted: 11:43 pm

Honestly SE don't deserve any goal.Siasia work has started,
posted: 11:50 pm
@Gavey thank You for remembering me; the searra leonians play wonderfull game though the super eagles were equal to the task. For a long time, this is my first time of watching eagles played like this. Sia1 u did well, Naija is on the move again. Where is 21 gun terrorist and the bomb hahahaha i had the black chicken lost at home.
posted: 11:53 pm
@kyle and sarah which match did you people watch? Pls i need clarification. No offence plsss
posted: 11:53 pm
nice result, poor performance especially in the second half, but i was particularly happy with youngsters like joel obi, and ahmed musa, great performance, siasia take note.
posted: 11:58 pm
@elpressi and Sarah, with all due respect, both of you are poor in thoughts. You should have pointed out the areas you think the players underperformed and the areas that they did well as well as follow them up with your suggestions. Do you know what a football team is? it is a group of football players who have almost a perfect understanding of each others next move. How many days did your so hated team train together and how long have have they been playing under this coach. For you elpressi, you lack analytic strength. You started by selecting a team when you are not the coach and your final word is 'I'm not impressed' without a single reason. If you mean by the result(not impressed), Nigeria won, if not, then post a more responsible comment and point out where and why you are not impressed. Do you know that at 63 mins of play, Spain was yet to score Colombia? football is played in the field.
posted: 12:00 am
@elpressi: i have been follow all your comment here and you sound somebody who is living in Salone, but you must know that we did not have our best team today, every country has their best team also we are building a new team, Senegal started for long time and they win today at home, tell me what will happen if all this our key players who has injury played? so just think before you comment ok.
posted: 12:04 am
watch the replay now SS3
posted: 12:04 am
Onye_Ball: thank you very much please tell mugu make him understand very well watch Argentina messi is not even seeing his time, brazil lost to France, @sarah or what how about your utaka what did he play today? call the name of the player that did not perform well Senegal win 3-0 today at home we lost 1-0 to Guinea at their home they need to come to Nigeria this time in Guinea they do not have a good pitch.
posted: 12:09 am
IKKALU, thanks ma man. I am still watching Spain- Colombia match it is now 80 mins and Spain has not yet scored. and they have played together since 2008. Also they have almost the best players in the world.
posted: 12:21 am
@ Onye_Ball

judging from your limited knowledge it's quite Obvious you're not a Football fan at all. Why are you surprised that Spain is finding it difficult to score against Colombia? Do you even know Colombia's Football history at all? Dude, after today's match I'm willing to bet against you that SE under Siaone will not go past the next ANC quarter final. Here's an assignment for your lousy self...go back to Amodu's first match, watch it and then compare SE performance to today's game.
posted: 12:23 am
My people, I am here finally. I have read comments for months and only wanted to wait till Coach Siasia's debut; I thank God it was a victory form, not only the SE, but Nigeria in general. Because I am in the US I was unable to see this historic match, but according to reports I understand the boys did exceptionally well on every facet of the game... albeit the momentary lapse in concentration at the end to let in the consolation. It appears to me that the boys, on the orders of the COACHES, created a lot of chances. This is what we have all been clamoring for all this while. As for the negative forumites, shame on you. Celebrate success no matter how small lest you will not be celebrated in the minuscule excuses for successes you have so far managed in your miserable lives!!!
posted: 12:31 am
Why you all replying to someone call him or herself sarah,he or she is Keshi fan,so what do you expect from him or her?Lightning strikes and kill a tree without a knife,what would happen if you give him a knife?Siasia trained with his boys for 2 days or so and pulled out a win,what would happen if they work together for a month?Sarah,over to you.

posted: 12:32 am

You didn't watch today's match so i wont even bother lashing your retarded self. But here's a thing though 2-1 win against a team like Salone that hasn't really accomplish anything in football is nothing more but a disjointed scrimmage to me. Furthermore, Siaone needs to be assigned a high profile match to prove his worth until then he's nothing but a flop.
posted: 12:37 am
@elpressi ; I think I have finally come to the conclusion that the problem with this guy is the fact that communication has become so cheap and easily accessible now that every tom,dick and harry can go on internet and let out there very myopic opinion on issue to know next to nothing about.What happened to critical analysis,positive criticism,constructive criticism. For every criticism this people should try give a likely solution rather than just blaming, criticizing and ridiculing people that are making effort.
And to make matters worse the so called elpressi had even sank so low as to be calling people names,using insultive words and making a fool of himself.
If your problem is the fact you got free internet and don't know what to do in you free time, why not try using google to look for facts and figures and stop displaying you ignorance and low IQ among intellects in the Honourable forum.
A word is enough for the wise!!!
posted: 12:38 am
For those of you who quite don't understand the concept behind my comment ...well the bottom line is that we played a disjointed team that even Kano pillars would've destroyed by at least 5 goals to zip. But after today's game what are the chances of beating likes of Cameroon? Ghana? Egypt? Senegal? Algeria? Morocco? Mali? Or even winning the next ANC? The answer is .........

posted: 12:40 am
People whose eyes r destined to c problems and nt even d rootcourse of d problem all d days of their lifes,who can't nevr c nt solutions shld plz keep sucb eyes on their families or countries. Up naija4life.
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