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Nigeria’s Latest Signing In Finland Names Siasia Among His Mentors

SpeedFingers 06/26/2020

By Femi Fasetire

Former Super Eagles’ striker and head coach, Samson Yebowei Siasia has received a lofty mention from one of his former players, Stanley Amuzie, as the left-footed defender, who signed for FF Jaro of Finland on Wednesday says the ex-international is one of his mentors.

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Although Siasia is currently battling to overturn a life ban handed him by world soccer governing body, FIFA, and facing critical comments from many Nigerians, on account of alleged match fixing the striker-turned-coach remains in the good books of Amuzie.

Indeed, Sia1 it was that gave Amuzie his big break into international limelight, with a spot in the under-23 national team, Olympic Eagles and then gave him two caps with the senor squad, despite many analysts believing the lad was not good enough.

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Playing for the Eagles help cement elevation into the spotlight for Amuzie, and he soon moved from the status of an upstart with Olhanense of Portugal into a regular with Sampdoria of Italy, which he joined after helping Siasia win bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 From Sampdoria, the product of Flying Sports Academy of FESTAC Town, Lagos moved to FC Lugano of Switzerland and the 24-year-old left-back will now feature in Finland’s 1st Division second-tier league, after ending his last contract with NK Aluminij of Slovenia.

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Although his contract with Aluminij actually ended in January 2020, the multiple ripple effects and setbacks caused by coronavirus put on hold his efforts of a getting a new club immediately, and it was only this past Thursday that his dream came true, much to Amuzie’s delight.

He becomes the latest Nigerian player to star for a club in Finland, following in the footsteps of Nnamdi Oduamadi and Elderson Uwa Echiejile at HJK Helsinki, Taye Ismailia Taiwo at Helsinki and RoPS as well as Azubuike Egwuekwe and Gbolahan Salami at KuPS.

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Former Eagles attacker and assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi was also recently in charge of a second division club, JS Hercules in the same Scandinavian country, where he signed on the duo of Junior Obagbemiro and Nathan Ibeh, while Bello Yero plays for Ilves and former Super Falcons striker, Cynthia Uwak, a two-time African Women Player of the Year, starred for Aland United.

Also among the array of Nigerians that have seen action in Finland and Amuzie will try to do a lot better than they had during their days in the ‘cold country’ are Dominic Chatto, Dickson Nwakaeme, Obilor Friday, Augustine Jibrin, Emenike Uchennambachu and Nduka Alison.

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Amuzie is now eager to quickly get back into fast motion, starting with a league game with Jaro this weekend, as he wants to make the best of the short-term free transfer that is billed to run until December 2020.

The soft-spoken lad, who was born on February 28, 1996, is already looking forward to returning action with his new side at the start of the new season on Saturday and, though his team will play away to AC Kajaani, the former Super Eagles’ defender believes his side can win the match.

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It would also be a chance for him to hit the ground running, while also showing same top quality that endeared him to Siasia and saw he debut for Nigeria’s senior national team in a 1–1 draw at home against Egypt in Kaduna, during a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on March 25, 2016.

He also featured in the second leg away, but the Eagles could not qualify at the expense of The Pharaohs, and Siasia could not continue on the job, such that Amuzie ended up playing only two senior games in Nigeria’s green-and-white colours, which accounts majorly for why he is largely unknown among the country’s teeming array of football fans.

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However, while he might be forgotten by the fans, Amuzie says he will forever remember those who helped him on the path to a successful football career, among whom are Siasia as well as his long-standing agent, Stephen Ayodele Makinwa and a scout named Mikeli Dachin.

While giving credit to Sia1 for helping him make his mark as a full international, Amuzie recounts how Dachin took him abroad, after watching him play for former Mobil Pegasus of Eket and ex-Genoa of Italy midfielder-turned-scout, Marshall Mbre’s academy at FHA Field, FESTAC Town.

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As he now settles down to life at Jaro, Amuzie is banking on the experience he gained from playing in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia,  as well as with Nigeria, to help him mace the best of his latest port of call,  even as he hopes to make all his mentors happy with his form.

Amuzie enthused: “When it comes to managers that have really helped me so far in my career, I would say Mikeli Dachin who works with scouts here in Europe, and he saw something in me. He was the one that brought me from Lagos to Parma in 2013, and I am grateful to him.

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“I also want to mention Samson Siasia who was my manager at the 2016 Olympics. He is a manager who always tried as much as possible to talk to me. He would often call me to give encouragement and tell me to work hard."

Source: opera.com
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