• Mikel promises Siasia Olympics gold medal as birthday gift

    Mikel promises Siasia Olympics gold medal as birthday gift

    The midfielder has assured that the Dream Team VI would emerge victorious in Rio to celebrate the birthdate of the tactician.

    John Obi Mikel has revealed that coach Samson Siasia’s ideal birthday gift is the Olympic football gold medal.

    The Nigeria U23 captain, who scored one of Dream Team VI’s goals in the 2-0 defeat of Denmark, disclosed this during a surprise party organised to mark Siasia’s 49th birthday.

    During his speech which recounted the long relationship with the Super Eagles’ legend, Mikel […]

  • What inspired Dream Team to achieve victory at ongoing Rio Olympics – Siasia

    What inspired Dream Team to achieve victory at ongoing Rio Olympics – Siasia

    Nigeria’s Dream Team IV Coach, Samson Siasia, said the initial difficulties encountered by his team en route the ongoing Rio de Janeiro Olympic games inspired the team to achieve success.

    The team rallied to spank the Danish team, 2-0 to qualify for a semi-final of the soccer event. “We all know it was not easy, nobody wants to be in the situation we were in weeks ago when we were still in Atlanta.

    “But, your circumstances should not determine what goals you set […]

  • An African Country Can Win World Cup – Siasia

    An African Country Can Win World Cup – Siasia

    Samson Siasia, coach of Nigeria’s Dream Team IV, has predicted that an African country can in future win the senior World Cup, if they can overcome their present difficulties.

    Siasia, who spoke shortly after a 2-0 win over Denmark to qualify his team for the semi-final of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games, noted that the continent would have to deal with issues that had been stalling their progress.

    “I think that’s an issue we have, not just in Nigeria. I think […]

  • Rio Olympics: Don’t boycott quarter final – Dogara begs Siasia, Dream Team

    Rio Olympics: Don’t boycott quarter final – Dogara begs Siasia, Dream Team

    The Speaker of The House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has sent a passionate appeal to the national U23 team styled Dream Team V1, not to boycott its quarter final encounter against Denmark on Saturday, at the on-going Rio 2016 Olympics.

    Dogara, who was speaking against the backdrop of complaints of Team’s Head Coach, Samson Siasia, that the players of the team have refused to train and may boycott the tie due to unpaid allowances and wages said the Dream Team […]

  • Siasia robbed in US

    Siasia robbed in US

    Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia has been robbed in Atlanta, Georgia, where his team have been training ahead of next month’s Olympic Games.

    “It is true that my car was burgled but I have taken the necessary steps on the item stolen in the car,” Siasia confirmed.

    “We are focused and preparing hard for the Olympics that is what I can tell you for now.”

    The car Siasia has been using to run around for the team was broken into at the […]

  • We’ll be rejected if we fail in Rio – Siasia

    We’ll be rejected if we fail in Rio – Siasia

    Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia has said anything short of the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in August will not be celebrated back home.

    Siasia led Nigeria to the final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics against Argentina and that was after the country made history as the first African side to win the Olympic football tournament in 1996.

    “It is not going to be a walk in the park. It is going to be a very difficult […]

  • If we don’t win Gold, Nigeria won’t welcome us – Siasia

    If we don’t win Gold, Nigeria won’t welcome us – Siasia

    Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia has said anything short of Gold in Rio in August will not be celebrated back home.

    Siasia led Nigeria to play in the gold medal match at the 2008 Beijing Olympics against Argentina and that was after the country made history as the first African side to win the Olympic football tournament in 1996.

    “It is not going to be a walk in the park (to win Olympic Gold). It is going to be a very […]

  • We can’t be gunning for Olympic Gold and we’re begging for money – Siasia laments

    We can’t be gunning for Olympic Gold and we’re begging for money – Siasia laments

    Coach of Nigeria Olympic team Samson Siasia has raised alarm over the team’s shoddy preparations for the Rio Olympics, saying “we cannot be going for Gold and we are begging for money.”

    The country’s team to the Rio Olympics in August are training in Atlanta, United States of America, ahead of the summer games, but the outspoken Siasia has been far from impressed with his team’s build-up.

    “It is not a good image to go to the Olympics while trying to beg […]

  • Siasia confirms Chelsea star Mikel Obi for Rio Olympics

    Siasia confirms Chelsea star Mikel Obi for Rio Olympics

    Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi will feature at the Rio Olympics after initial fears he will not, according to Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia.

    Siasia himself had raised fears over the availability of the Chelsea midfielder as one of the over-aged players for the Olympics in August.

    But he has now confirmed Mikel will feature in Rio in August.

    “Mikel has confirmed his availability,” Siasia disclosed.

    “We have some other players who have promised to join us and they have shown commitment like Wilfred […]

  • Siasia drops Osimhen from Olympics squad

    Siasia drops Osimhen from Olympics squad

    Head coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has dropped Victor Osimhen from the 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Olympics.

    The 17-year-old who is set to sign professional terms with Wolfsburg, has been left out so he can focus on the upcoming CAF U-20 AFCON qualifiers against Sudan in July.

    Siasia’s decision has been taken, so he does not have to confront Flying Eagles coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, who is banking on the striker for the matches.

    Osimhen was a last-minute replacement for […]

  • Rio Olympics: Siasia plans massive overhaul of dream team

    Rio Olympics: Siasia plans massive overhaul of dream team

    Less than two month to the Rio Olympic Games, Coach Samson is plan a massive overhaul of the Dream Team V1 squad going by the several new faces who attended the US visa interview ahead of a training camp in Atlanta.

    Nigeria internationals, Kingsley Madu, Moses Simon, Daniel Akpeyi and Wilfred Ndidi are set to force their way to the squad even as they did not feature for team in the qualifiers.

    All these players were at the US embassy in connection […]