Leone Stars hits back at Siasia

Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia has been criticized for labeling the Leone Stars Coach of Sierra Leone, Christian Cole, a comedian.
The Super Eagles handler, while answering questions at a post-match press conference after last Wednesday’s international friendly in Lagos, which ended in a 2-1 win in favour of Nigeria, called Cole a “comedian coach”. Siasia’s comment was a reaction to an earlier statement by the Leone Stars Coach, also at the press conference, that his side were better than the Super Eagles.
Cole, had accused the Benin match Referee, Crispin Acuidissou, of giving “undue advantage” to the Super Eagles, saying that such a move on the part of the Referee “will not help Siasia and his team” ahead of future engagements.
He also said that any future game between both sides should be “taken to a neutral ground” and his side “will beat the Eagles.”
Leone Stars have only got the better of the Super Eagles on just two occasions in 21 meetings. The last time they won over the Eagles was in April 2001 when they recorded a 1-0 win in a World Cup qualifier in Freetown. For their part, the Super Eagles have won 14 of these games.
Sierra Leonean Sports Administrator, George Wilson, feels Siasia owes Cole an apology. He added that the apology will help prevent animosity between both teams.
Wilson also said that he would “like to throw a challenge to Siasia that Sierra Leone can beat Nigeria.”
“Nigeria does not have a better side than the Leone Stars, we can beat them,” he insisted.
“Siasia’s calling Coach Christian Cole a comedian is insulting and inappropriate. Football is a game although you want your team to win each and every game, this is not always possible, however, determination, effort, and true sportsmanship goes a long way too.”
“As a Coach, Siasia should know better on how to address a fellow Coach and to criticize in a professional way, not by throwing out some off-hand comment that has no foundation. In fact, Siasia in his capacity as head Coach should display leadership qualities rather than childish derogatory comments.”