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Senegal coach laments Nigeria defeat

10 December 2015, 18:40

Dakar - Senegal U23 manager, Serigne Saliou Dia, was unhappy that his side lost 1-0 to Nigeria in the semifinal of the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations on Wednesday evening.

The West African team paid the price for missed scoring opportunities but can still qualify for next year's Olympic Games if they beat South Africa in the third place playoff.

Also read: Nigeria beat Senegal to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics

''I’m disappointed that we lost against Nigeria which could’ve cemented our place in the final and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,'' said Serigne Saliou Dia.

''We’re still close to obtaining our goal which is to qualify for Rio. I have to congratulate the boys.''

He added: ''They played well but we were not lucky at all. We created so many chances but were not efficient in converting them.

“The third-place match would be a second chance for us to qualify for the Olympics because that is our objective.”

Yesterday's game was the second time in the space of three months that the Senegal U23 have failed to beat their Nigerian counterparts after both teams played out a 1 - 1 draw at the All - Africa games.

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