The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Wednesday appointed former Under-20, Under-23 and senior national team coach, Samson Siasia, as the head coach of the U-23 team.
Siasia was re-appointed during an executive committee meeting which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
A communique signed by the chairman of the drafting committee, Suleiman Kwande, said, “The committee also appointed Mr. Samson Siasia as the new head coach of the U-23 men’s team. He will be assisted by Fatai Amoo, while the Technical and Development will recommend the other members of the crew”
The 47-year old former Super Eagles striker led the U-20 team, Flying Eagles, to the finals of both the 2005 U-20 World Cup and the U-20 African Youth Championship. He won the African Youth Championship and made it to the finals of the tournament where he lost 2–1 to Argentina.
Siasia was again in 2007 appointed head coach of the U23 national team. He coached the team to the finals of the 2008 Olympics against Argentina and won silver.
He also led the team to win the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia in 2008 with only Nigerian League players.
In 2010, he succeeded the former Eagles coach, a Swedish, Lars Lagerback, and was sacked in 2011 after his failure to take Nigeria to the 2012 Africa Cup Of Nations, Afcon.
He is expected to resume work immediately.