Brazzaville - Coach of the U-23 National Team, Samson Siasia
has attributed the defeat of his team by Burkina Faso in the semifinals of the
11th All-Africa Games football tournament in Brazzaville to his boys'
profligacy in front of goal, and the defenders failing in their duties.
Speaking after the game, a disappointed Siasia disclosed
that in his wildest imagination, he did not for once believed his team would
lose to Burkina Faso, let alone by such a high margin.
Siasia said: "I never imagined losing to Burkina Faso,
but then my midfielders played so well, my defenders and attackers let me down,
can you imagine my attackers not being able to convert about eight chances that
came their way?
Also read: Siasia: We must take our chances against Burkina Faso
"To make matters worse, the defenders were asleep on a
day they should have been up and doing. Who told the central defenders to keep
offside trap the way they did? I am totally disappointed; we can't play like
this in Senegal and expect to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. No way!
"We were so bad that anytime the ball beat the
defenders, even my goalkeeper could not stop any of the shots fired at him.
Football is a team work where errors are bound to occur, but it's the ability
of fellow team mates to cover for one another that makes a team great, that I
didn't see today."
On the way forward, Siasia stated that he is happy that the
worst has happened at the All-Africa Games and he has learnt his mistakes.
"We will make corrections after the All-Africa Games. I
plan to travel to talk to some players I have already penciled down, then
hopefully, the team should be assembling in first week of October to prepare
for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations. Certainly, some of the players I brought to
Congo Brazzaville will have to give way."
Siasia then apologized to Nigerians for letting them down
by not qualifying for the All-Africa Games men's football final and bringing
home the gold medal. "I am not a man of excuses. I take all the blame for
this collapse and will certainly make amends before the Africa U-23 Cup of
Unfortunately, Nigeria's senior women's team, Super Falcons,
also in the semifinal of the women's football event, lost 2-1 to Cameroon also
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