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.
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"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
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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