AFCON 2017: Siasia Can Deliver for the Super Eagles – Babatunde Michael


Super Eagles winger, Babatunde Michael has disclosed that interim the team coach, Samson Siasia can defeat the Pharaohs of Egypt to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations slated for Gabon.

The 2014 World Cup revelation last played for the senior national team under erstwhile Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi during the team’s failure to qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup.

He was also ignored by former Eagles boss, Sunday Oliseh despite playing regular football for new club, Raja Casablanca of Morocco.


During an interview on a Lagos based television station monitored by on Monday, Michael backed Siasia to beat Egypt on March 25 and 29 respectively to book a ticket for Gabon.

“I have played under Samson Siasia during my age grade football and I can tell what he can offer and what he can’t offer. However, I am confident that he can beat the Pharaohs of Egypt for the bi-annual tournament,” Michael said.

Meanwhile, Michael revealed that his love for the Super Eagles would never be diminished in spite of not being invited for the double clash against Egypt.

“I love to play for my country even though I feel bad not being invited for the crucial 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt. At this point, I am really working hard to ensure that I get my place back onto the Super Eagles but first, I need to be playing regular football with Raja Casanblanca (Morocco)” Michael said.