Samson Siasia

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Samson Siasia
Personal information
Full name Samson Siasia
Date of birth (1967-08-14) 14 August 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Julius Berger
1985–1986 Flash Flamingoes
1987 El-Kanemi Warriors
1987–1993 Lokeren 151 (31)
1993–1995 Nantes 40 (4)
1995–1996 Tirsense 15 (0)
1996–1997 Al-Hilal
1997–1998 Perth Glory 22 (3)
1998–2000 Zafririm Holon 30 (12)
National team
1984–1999 Nigeria 51 (16)
Teams managed
2005–2007 Nigeria U-20
2007–2010 Nigeria U-23
2010–2011 Nigeria
2012– Durgapur FC

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 July 2007.

† Appearances (goals)

Samson Siasia (born 14 August 1967 in Lagos) is a former football striker from Nigeria and the former head coach of the Nigerian Men National football team (The Super Eagles) from 2010 to October 2011.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

At club level, Siasia most notably played for French team FC Nantes where he became league champion in 1994/95. He also played for Australian club Perth Glory with fellow Nigerian Peter Anosike, as well as in Belgium, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

International career[edit]

He played 51 international matches for Nigeria, in which he scored thirteen goals, and was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup[2] and won the 1994 African Nations Cup. He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won bronze at 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal. He participated in the National Team over a period of 11 years and was recognized in Nigeria as the third leading scorer for the National Team.


In November 2009, the main field at the Yenagoa Township Stadium was named in his honor.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2005, Samson Siasia coached the under 20 team (Flying Eagles), taking them to the finals of both the 2005 Under-20 World Cup and the U-20 African Youth Championship. He won the African Youth Championship and advanced all the way to the world final – before losing to Argentina 2–1. He also assisted Augustine Eguavoen in coaching the national team.

Samson Siasia was appointed national U-23 coach on January 2007. In 2008, he coached the Nigerian Under-23 Olympic squad to the final against Argentina. In a superbly played series of matches, Nigeria's team earned the Olympic Silver Medals. Earlier in 2008, the U-23 team won the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia. This fine team was composed entirely of domestic Nigerian players and won the Cup against many teams headed for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. In addition to his position as head coach of the Under 23 Olympic Eagles, he developed a youth academy in the capital city Abuja, called SiaOne Soccer Academy. On 17 March 2009, he was reappointed as the head coach of the under-20 team after the finished a disappointing 3rd in the 2009 African Youth Championship. He received a six-month contract to coach Heartland F.C. in July 2010.[4] On 4 November 2010, he was named as the national team coach to succeed Swedish Lars Lagerbäck. He was fired on 28 October 2011 for failing to take the Nigeria team to the 2012 African Nations Cup in Gabon & Equatorial Guinea.

Siasia was one of the five foreign managers auctioned in Feb 2012 for the new Bengal Premier League Soccer. His former national team mate, Jay Jay Okocha, was bought by the same club from the five icon players up for auction.

Coaching Highlights[edit]

  • Samson Siasia was the Coach of Nigerian Under-23 Team (Dream Team VI) that won the 2015 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal - thereby qualifying Nigeria for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • Samson Siasia was the coach of the Nigerian Olympics Team(Dream Team IV), who won a silver medal for Nigeria, losing to Argentina in the finals by a lone goal.
  • Qualified Nigeria U-23 team for the 2008 Summer Olympics. His team reached the final.
  • Nigeria's U-23 team win inaugural Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia (May 2008).
  • Appointed National U-23 Coach of Nigeria in 2007.
  • Led Nigeria to the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship final in the Netherlands (finished second)
  • Qualified Nigeria U-20 team for the U-20 World Youth Championship 2005
  • Coached Nigeria U-20 team to win the U-20 African Youth Championship 2005 in Benin Republic.
  • Appointed National U-20 Coach of Nigeria 2004.
  • Served as Assistant Coach to the Nigerian National Football team from 2004–2005.
  • Coached Youth team in United States to Georgia State finals and National ranking 2003–04
  • Hired as Heartland FC Technical Adviser on July 2010.
  • Appointed national head coach of the Nigeria national football team on 4 November 2010.
  • Led Nigeria to a 4–1 victory over Argentina.
  • Failed to qualify Nigeria for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.


  1. ^ "Samson Siaisa fired as Nigeria coach". BBC Sport. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments – FIFA
  3. ^ Bayelsa UTD Boss Lauds Gov. Sylva (
  4. ^ Siasia joins Heartland.

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