“I broke my leg for Nigeria, but …” – Siasia beats the government for neglecting him

The former striker believes that more should be done to help the legends that represented the West African country represented

Former Nigerian international Samson Siasia beat up the government for abandoning legends in times of need.

The former striker played for the Super Eagles from 1984 to 1999, playing 51 games and scoring 16 goals.

He was one of the players who won the Africa Cup of Nations title in 1994 and also coached the national team twice.

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Despite his sacrifices, the now 53-year-old believes that he is not getting what he deserves and has been neglected by his country.

“I’m a legend, I played for this country, broke my leg and also trained,” AllAfrica quoted Siasia as saying.

“If I had played for America – yes, I have an American passport, but I played for Nigeria – if I was like Michael Jordan, [the American government] would take it upon himself.

“The Nigerian government did not do well in my case.”

The government recently approved the promise to house-reward the 1994 Super Eagles roster.

According to a memo from Minister of Labor and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the allocations in their preferred states, noting that six players and three members of the technical crew have already received their houses.

Those who are entitled to the houses are Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Ike Shorounmu, Uche Okechukwu, Siasia, Efan Ekoku, Sunday Oliseh, Benedict Iroha, Isaac Semitoje, Mutiu Adepoju, Emmanuel Amunike, Victor Ikpeba, Austin Eguavoen and Wilfred Agbonav Deceased).

Others are Uche Okafor (deceased), Thompson Oliha (deceased), Stephen Keshi (deceased), Christian Chukwu, Dr. Akin Amao, Stephen Edema, Col. A Asielue, and B. Aromasodun.

However, the former striker suggests that this is not enough and that the head of state should be approached about issues affecting former players.

“Now they said they gave us houses after 27 years, should we jump up?” Siasia asked a question.

“I’m not happy, I don’t know if [President] Buhari doesn’t watch TV or doesn’t know what’s going on, or if [Sports Minister Sunday Dare] is afraid to approach him.

“He’s a person, you can approach him when something like this happens.”

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