Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has admitted that he will be sacked if loses to Ghana in a friendly in London on Tuesday.
The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations after being held to a 2-2 draw by Guinea in Abuja on Saturday.
The failure to qualify for the continent’s flagship tournament has sparked anger in Nigeria with many calling for the dismissal of the former international.
Siasia says beating the Black Stars in the friendly game could help appease fans of one of the powerhouses of African football.
“A win (against Ghana) will calm down what is going on. It will actually save my job,” Siasia said.
“If we lose this one I am taking the blame for myself.
Siasia says winning against Ghana will be a good point for the Super Eagles to start rebuilding for the future.
“If we want to move forward from where we are we must get a good result against Ghana,” the former international striker said.
“Nigerians will know that we are building and we did our best against Guinea. We created a lot of chances but we just couldn’t score.
“We have a team that we are building and it is going to get better.”
Nigeria failed to qualify for the Africa’s flagship tournament first time since 1986.
The Super Eagles will be absent from the competition for the first time since 1998 in Burkina Faso.
Nigeria were banned from those finals for quitting the 1996 edition for political reasons.