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Siasia optimistic after All Africa Games draw

10 July 2015, 11:48

Lagos - Coach of Nigeria U23 National Team Samson Siasia has described their All-Africa Games group B opponents Ghana, Egypt and Senegal as tough nuts, but assured Nigerians that his team will qualify from the group and ultimately aim for the gold medal.

The Dream Team were placed in group B of the competition, in what could potentially be a very tough group that will see them face Ghana, Egypt and Senegal, but Siasia is refusing to be fazed by that

Reacting to Thursday's draw held at the CAF headquarters in Egypt, Siasia, who is presently with his U23 boys in Port Harcourt preparing for next weekend's African U23 Championship final round, first leg qualifier against Congo, expressed surprise that the strongest teams in the tournament, pedigree -wise, ended up in the same pool.

Also read: Dream Team gets tough All Africa Games opponents

“I can tell you for free that this group B is a tough one, for all the countries in this group can qualify for the semifinals,” he was quoted via official channels.

“All I can say for now is that we are not afraid of any of them, and will know what to do when we get to that bridge."

Siasia added that for now, all his concentration is on the African U-23 Championship qualifying fixture home and away to Congo, as that is of immediate importance.

Meanwhile, the Dream Team will on Friday play a friendly game against Nigeria Nation-Wide League club, Go Round FC in Port Harcourt. The encounter kicks off at 4pm.

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