It didn't take me long after arriving in Nigeria as a schoolboy to learn the legend of Samson Siasia. One of the best footballers among my classmates was immediately given "Siasia" as a nickname, and when I asked why, I would be regaled of the eponymous player's energetic style in the colors of Nigerian clubs Julius Berger and Flash Flamingoes, bombing forward to goal with pace and power. I watched him in the Nigerian 1994 African Nations Cup winning side, and playing in the USA '94 World Cup, that exciting, raw team that entertained everybody, and only lost in that extra time heart-breaker against Italy.I've also watched his stewardship of Nigerian youth national teams, and his great exploits managing some of the promising talent that's become the backbone of our current side. For me, it should have been a no-brainer for Siasia to be promoted to national team coach, and I've said so again and again. Well hallelujah! Finally it's come to pass. SIasia was appointed head coach of the Super Eagles last month. The heartwarming stuff started straightaway, with his celebrating with genune emotion, and singing Yoruba praise songs. This is an institution that means to almost 200 million people so much more than just a bunch of footballers ("41. They aren't kidding when they talk about football as a unifying force.") It's only proper for someone granted its custodianship to demonstrate what it really means to him, especially when that demonstration includes a bit of native Yoruba to reinforce the fact that we're keeping this business properly in the family. Yes, yes Shaibu Amodu (National team coach in several stints between foreign coaches) before him was also Nigerian, but he always seemed as much bureaucrat as trainer, and rarely showed the passion and fire I think our boys need to show what they're capable of doing in that green strip. In the past we've had great leaders in the field such as Yekini, Okocha, Olise, Amokachi and even Siasia. Unfortunately we don't really have that any more, so we need a spark from the sidelines. If Siasia can't provide that, no one can.