Dakar - Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia has admitted they
were lucky to beat Senegal in the semifinal of the CAF U23 Africa Cup of
The Nigerians defeated their hosts 1-0 in the semifinal
clash in Dakar to progress to the final and more importantly, secure
qualification to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Speaking after the game, Siasia reckoned Senegal had better
opportunities to score and win the game, thereby reiterating how lucky his side
Also read: Nigeria beat Senegal to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics
“They (Senegal) had chances and chances to score and they
even had a penalty but we were just lucky,” said an elated Siasia.
“I would say we were lucky because there was God on our side
because they played better and they had a better team,” Siasia admitted.
He also added that injuries and the subsequent changes he
made to the team contributed to their poor play.
“We had to make chances here and there because of the
injuries and playing players out of position so we just needed to manage to
make sure we got this victory and we are just happy to have made the Olympics,”
With Algeria beating South Africa in the other semifinal, it
now means the winner between the South Africans and Senegal will join Nigeria
and Algeria as Africa’s representatives at next year’s Olympics.For
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