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Siasia admits U23 Afcon group is tough

15 September 2015, 10:04

Abuja - Coach of the Nigeria national U-23 football team, the Dream Team VI, Samson Siasia has described the draws of the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations which pits the Dream Team alongside Egypt, Mali and Algeria in group B as tough.

Speaking from Congo where his team is getting set to take on Burkina Faso in the semifinals of the ongoing All Africa Games, Siasia said all teams in the group have earned their qualification for the event and as such none of them is a push over.

"For now my concentration is on my semifinal game, but I must confess that this group is tough, all the teams in my group have a pedigree that cannot be over-looked, but I can assure Nigerians that we will pick one of the tickets for the football event of the Rio Olympic Games."

Also read: Siasia set to touch huddle in 2016 Olympics qualifier

He added that even though it is agreed that the group is tough, he is sure of picking one of the tickets as his boys play better when faced with tough oppositions, but appealed that his team should be moved into camp immediately after the All Africa Games so as to get the new players he intends to add to the team blend well with the others.

Speaking further, Siasia disclosed that aside one or two additions to the defence line he has in Congo, he will be scouting around Europe to set up discussions with some strikers that would add competition in the striking position at both the Senegal event and the Olympic games proper as he believes that only the best legs who are willing to play for the country are good enough for the team.

- News24


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