Super Eagles coach says foreign clubs are ignoring black coaches

Samson Siasia has spoken about about the lack of opportunities for black coaches in top European football clubs

Samson Siasia

Black coaches are a rare sight on the bench of clubs all around Europe and Siasia who got his coaching badges in Belgium believes that the European football system does not favour black coaches.

“I want to believe that the reasons there are not many black coaches working in Europe are because the European clubs hardly give us a chance and they do not believe in us,” the former Nantes and Lokeren midfielder said.

“Many of us have not only played at the highest level in Europe, but have excelled, but even when we get our coaching badges there, these clubs still don’t give us the break we need to show what we can do outside the pitch.”

The Bayelsa born coach gave examples of black ex-footballers who are currently unemployed and concluded that European clubs do not believe in them.

“We have many ex-African players with French nationality, but I can only recall (Claude) Makalele who was at Bastia and that was it,” Siasia continued.

“Where is with all he achieved at and even though he grew up in England and played for that country? He was not given much of a chance there as a coach.

“Where is another black coach, ? Where is he now? Many of us have good records as players and then coaches, but because the European clubs do not believe in us, we end up having to do something else.

“And even where they give us a chance, they are quick to dispense with us. Something is really not right, but I don’t want to put any name to it.”

Siasia is currently preparing the Super Eagles for their double header against Egypt in the 2016 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Nigeria will play the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Friday, March 25 with the return leg to be played in Alexandria on Tuesday, March 29.


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