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Football | Nigeria

Siasia explains India snub



Former head coach of the Nigerian national team, Samson Siasia has moved to clear the air over the reasons his proposed move to the India Premier League fell apart.

Siasia was said to be on a list of coaches and semi-retired world stars like former Super Eagles' captain, Austin Okocha who had been pencilled down for the India Premier League.

The former Nantes striker has now explained the reasons for the failure of the deal to go through.

"I was supposed to go to India and something happened and the contract was cancelled. This was because the project (The India Premier League) never hit the ground running," Siasia told supersport.com.

The 45-year-old said he was impressed with the plans of the Indians to revitalize football in the country.

"They had big plans and were ready to invest big money in the project. They had a proposed rule which would have seen at least five Indian players in the starting eleven of each team.

"They wanted the home lads to learn from the experienced professionals who would come in but there was a problem and the project had to be scrapped," he said.

Siasia also responded to speculation that he was still out of a job as he did not possess the requisite qualifications to manage at the top level.

"If I don't have a license, I would never have coached the (Nigerian) national team. If you want to coach, it is all about connections.

"If you have the right manager, you will always have a team to coach. It is the same with players as well. I have had a lot of offers from teams but I cannot just start announcing that teams are chasing me. It is not my style," he said.

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