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James Peters Urges Siasia To Ensure Nigeria Beats Senegal

Posted: Dec 8, 2015 at 6:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

James Peters, former Assistant Secretary (Technical) of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has urged Coach Samson Siasia to ensure that Nigeria beats host Senegal to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Nigeria will play against Senegal on Wednesday in a semi-final encounter at the on going Africa Under-23 Championship.

Three top teams from the championship will automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics, while the fourth team must defeat a country from Oceania in a play-off to progress.

Peters said the fact that Nigeria would be confronting host Senegal does not mean that they could not overcome them as there was no rule that said that a host nation must win every competition.

“I am not afraid of the host nation, because I have the conviction that Coach Siasia knows what to do to get the desired result.

“Being a host team does not guarantee success; we all know what happened to Brazil when they hosted the last World Cup.

“And talking about techniques, let me say that it is not what we should discuss in the media; I have Siasia’s phone number, so any suggestion is better given to him directly.”

The former assistant coach of the Super Eagles noted that the report about the players not being paid their allowances and bonuses should not affect the players because they are professionals.

Peters urged the players to do their job and wait for the reward, adding that they were not the only ones being owed.

“The allowances being owed the players cannot affect them because they need a psychologist to talk to them and the chief coach is the biggest psychologist for the team.

“He can talk to them and make them keep working until they are paid. Everybody is being owed in the country; banks owe us, we owe the banks too.

“Everybody is indebted for now until things are ironed out; people are being owed salaries here (NFF), and even in the states, everybody owes somebody.

“So, the players should wait because nobody will swallow their money’’, Peters said.