Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia
Ex-Nigeria coaches, Samson Siasia and Austin Eguavoen are among five coaches shortlisted by South Africa’s Orlando Pirates for next season. Champions Pirates have parted ways with their Brazilian Julio Cesar Leal after some indifferent results. Augusto Palacios will act as coach till the end of this season, club officials said, Wednesday.
MTNFootball.com reported that the other shortlisted coaches are from South Africa, Brazil and Russia. “The shortlisted coaches are to be interviewed next month,” a top source said.
Eguavoen, who has had a brief stint at another South African club Black Leopards, is presently coach of Nigeria Premier League front runners Enyimba after he quit as Nigeria Olympic team coach in November last year.
Siasia, on the other hand, was fired as Nigeria coach same November after the Eagles failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
He has been picked as one of the coaches for the yet-to-be-launched India Premier Soccer League.
Siasia has already confirmed he has been approached in connection with the Pirates top post. Former Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu also coached Pirates between 1996 and 1997.
Other Nigerian coaches who have worked in South Africa are Musa Abdullahi (Free State Stars) and Okey Emordi (Bush Bucks).
Interestingly, while the former Eagles gaffers are battling for the Pirates job, Siasia Wednesday warned the Ghana FA against appointing Marcel Desailly as the next Black Stars coach.
Siasia doubts the credentials of the ex-France captain who has been heavily linked with the job. He believes the former Chelsea defender has not got the requisite coaching experience to lead the four-time African champions.
"He (Desailly) has not coached before and just going to the national team, I think you need time to prepare yourself even though you have played at the highest level," Siasia told Accra-based Citi FM.
"You have to start somewhere that will give you the kind of experience and you will know exactly how to talk to the players and getting them motivated and get them out there and do the job you want them to do."
Desailly, 43, turned down an offer to coach the Black Stars in 2004 when approached by then deputy Sports Minister Rashid Bawa.
The Ghana Football Association is headhunting for a new coach after dismissing Goran Stevanovic last month.