Dakar - Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia has admitted his
team must improve defensively if they are to make any impression at the ongoing
CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.
The Dream Team VI, as the Nigerians are called, squandered a
two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Egypt in their second group game of the
competition, after almost squandering a three goal lead against Mali in their
Speaking in a post-match interview, Siasia reckoned his
defense capitulates in the second half, and admits it is something they must
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“We gave the ball away easily in the second half just like
we did against Mali,” he said regretfully.
“We have kicked the ball too high but we just have to play a
normal game and stabilize in the second half. It has not worked for us so far
but we must play a normal game and get the ball into good positions.
“Like the game against Mali, we kept playing the ball high
and the Malians had tall players and we did something similar (against Egypt).
“We must improve defensively if we want to go far in this
competition and that is something we hope to do in our next game,” he added.
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