"Keshi Did What I Didn't Do, But Still Lives in a Hostile Environment" - Siasia

Former head coach of the Nigeria national team, Samson Siasia, believes current gaffer of the team, Stephen Keshi deserves commendation following the 'good job' he has done since taking the reins.

"Keshi Did What I Didn't Do, But Still Lives in a Hostile Environment" - Siasia

Keshi replaced Siasia as Nigeria coach in 2011 after the latter failed to guide the Super Eagles to the finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

"Keshi has done a very good job under the circumstances because the job of Super Eagles coach is a very difficult one. He did what I didn't do.

"He qualified Nigeria for the (2013) Nations Cup and also led the team to the title so he has done very well," Siasia told supersport.com.

As the Super Eagles prepare for a busy programme in June that will include two 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in Kenya and Namibia as well as the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup in Brazil, Siasia warned that Keshi's big moment at the 2013 Afcon could soon be forgotten if he does not continue to record success on a consistent basis.

"Keshi lives and works in a hostile environment where the expectations are always high. He was almost fired before he won the Nations Cup title.

"The coach is not a magician that can continue to win everyday. He still needs time to build an even stronger team," he added.

Keshi has recently come under the spotlight after seemingly falling out with several of his playing personnel like Emmanuel Emenike and captain, Joseph Yobo who was subsequently omitted from the Nigeria squad for the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup.

Siasia, who also fell out with several top players like Vincent Enyeama and Peter Odemwingie during his time at the helm, says Keshi must tread carefully as it concerns dealing with the individuals.

"Players of the Super Eagles can be extremely difficult to manage, so a coach needs to be very careful and must handle things right.

"Good players make for good coaches. If a coach does not have good players, he can't do a thing.

"Even the great Jose Mourinho will not look like a good coach if he goes to manager Reading in the Premier League because of the quality of players he will have to work with," Siasia concluded.

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