Siasia shortlisted for Rwandan national team job

Siasia shortlisted for Rwandan national team job
February 15 18:40 2017

Former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has been shortlisted for the vacant position of Rwanda national team coach.

Siasia  is in the company of seven other coaches who have the experience of managing other African teams.

The former Super Eagles striker, alongside his compatriot, Samson  Unuanel, 47 Europeans, three Algerians and one American    were last week  confirmed by the Rwanda Football Federation to have applied for  the position.

The position became vacant following the sacking of Irishman  Johnny Mckinstry  in October 2016 due to his inability to produce results, despite earning a reported  $11,000 per month.

FERWAFA president, Vincent Nzamwita,  had  said the federation were  desperate to employ  a manager who  could  help  Amavubi (the Wasps)   improve on their regional and continental  rankings.

“We are looking for a coach who can take us to the next level and we shall soon announce the shortlist and eventually our choice,”  Nzamwita  said.

The federation  on Tuesday revealed a shortlist of eight coaches who have managed teams in Africa,  with  Siasia one of the favourites for the job. But former Sunshine Stars coach Unuanel did not make the shortlist.

Tunisia  ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Siasia is the only African on the shortlist consisting of two Germans, two Belgians, one Portuguese, one Englishman and a Swiss.

Siasia will contend with German  Winfried Schafer, who helped  Cameroon to a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title in Mali in 2002, and Belgian  coach, George Leekens, who guided Algeria to a 3-1 defeat by  Nigeria in their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo last year.

Others are  Botswana’s English coach, Peter Butler, former Burkina Faso’s Belgian  manager, Paul Put, current  Cape Verde’s Portuguese  coach,   Jose  Aguas, Gambia’s Swiss  coach, Raoul Savoy, and former Kenya’s German coach Antoine Hey.

Siasia  has been out of work since he guided the national Under-23 team to a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Siasia also applied for the  South Africa manager’s  job, which became vacant following the dismissal  of Ephraim  Mashaba in December last year.

Former  Inter Milan and Manchester City  coach Roberto Mancini, who is currently out of work,  former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni and  Hassan Shehata‚ who guided  Egypt to three successive titles at the Africa Cup of Nations in  2006, 2008 and 2010,  have also been linked with the Bafana Bafana post.

Siasia had confirmed   applying  for the vacant manager’s  position at South African  Premier Soccer League side  Orlando Pirates.