Nigerian Coach Samson Siasia has apologized to Sierra Leonean Coach Christian Cole over remarks he made at the post match conference after the Super Eagles 2-1 win last Wednesday.
Siasia had referred to Cole as a ‘comedian coach’, a remark that did not go down well with the visitors, and the former international said he was only joking the same way the Sierra Leonean was trading banter with the assembled media.
“Truly I was only joking during the press conference. Christian Cole is an amiable and very interesting person. He made everybody happy at the interview session and we all enjoyed him. When he claimed that his team could beat Eagles on a neutral ground, I jokingly said what has now become a media hype.
“I can never disrespect him at all. I was only trying to joke like he did. He was very funny during the chat with the press. I am very sorry if he took it that way.
“For him to lead his team to play against us in such a very short time speaks volumes of his love for our team and our country.
“Once again I am sorry if he took it that way,” Siasia said.