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Siasia hails team After CAF U23 Championship qualification

03 August 2015, 11:23

Lagos - Coach of the Dream Team Samson Siasia has praised his players for booking a ticket to the CAF U23 Championship, saying they played like true heroes and is proud of them as they have also made him a proud coach and Nigerian.

Speaking after the African U23 Championship qualifier against Congo which ended 0-0 in Pointe-Noire, which saw Nigeria progress to the tournament, an elated Siasia said his players played to instructions, only that they didn't score a goal as he expected them to.

Also read: Siasia allows Musa Yahaya resume training with Tottenham U18s

"Playing a match like this is always difficult, but then I knew our best tactics for this game was to go all out and attack, because if they scored a goal against us, we would be out of the race.

“My boys did what I told them, but then we missed a couple of clear chances that are unpardonable. However, we did the job and we are into the African U-23 finals."

Disclosing that for now his plan is to give the boys some days break to relax before returning to Congo for the All Africa Games in September.

Siasia said he knows his players will get better after the Games as they will have the opportunity to play more competitive games and by the time they regroup for the African U-23 Championship in Senegal, the team would have become much stronger, ready to pick a ticket for the Rio Olympics.

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