It reportedly took the influence of Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel to stop Samson Siasia from walking out as coach of Nigeria’s Olympic side “Siasia wanted to quit his post after the win over Sweden.
Prior to the Games, Siasia made no secret of his unhappiness about the conditions he found himself working under, which included alleged non-payment.
His issues continued in the build-up the Rio Olympics, the 1996 Olympic gold medalists having found themselves stranded and without a flight to Brazil from their training camp in Atlanta, Georgia.
Despite the problems, the Nigerian Dream Team have managed to qualify for the quarter-finals after beating Japan and then Sweden in their opening two matches.
However, according to a source quoted by AfricanFootball, Siasia was apparently ready to jump ship after the Sweden win, which was only prevented by the intervention of Mikel and some other players.
“Siasia wanted to quit his post after the win over Sweden, but the players led by Mikel begged him to rescind his decision.
“The coach complained that he has been badly treated by the authorities, he has not been paid for five months and his team have not received the necessary support to succeed.”
Last week it was reported that Mikel was using his own funds to help pay for some of Nigeria’s Olympic campaign.
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