Born August 14, 1967 in Lagos, Siasia is one thorough bred Nigerian football personality, having gone through the mills to become a distinguished player and now coach.
He was discovered, while playing grassroots football in the popular ‘Ajegunle Mock Nations’. He was in Secondary School, when he was invited into the national under-20 team by coach Paul Hamilton for the 1985 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Russia. Five years later he graduated into the Super Eagles under coach Hamilton and later Clemens Westerhof.
Siasia was part of the team that won Nigeria’s second Nations Cup in Tunisia and also a member of the Eagles that played in Nigeria’s first ever World Cup in USA 1994. Siasia scored a memorable goal in Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to Argentina in the group stages. He won 46 caps in the national team and scored 13 goals.
Exposure brought by the national team took Siasia to Europe where he started with Lokeren of Belgium. He later moved to France where he won the league with FC Nantes in the 1994/95 season. His foreign sojourn took him also to clubs in Portugal, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
He retired to into grassroots development in the America. And in 2005 he was appointed coach of the Flying Eagles, Siasia’s appointment sparked off controversy as there were fears, over his ability to deliver, being a fresher. Siasia silenced his critics by winning the African Youth Championships in Benin Republic and went on to win sliver at the FIFA 2005 Under-20 World Cup that was the turning point of his coaching career.
Career Highlights * 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 2007 * Led Nigeria to the U-20 World Championship finals 2005 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 * Appointed national U-20 coach of Nigeria 2004 * Served as assistant coach to Nigerian National football team from 2004–05 * Coached youth team in United States to Georgia state finals and national ranking 2003-04 * Hired as Heartland FC technical advisor in July 2010 * Appointed national coach from the Nigeria National football team 2010.