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Siasia admits they were lucky to beat Senegal

10 December 2015, 12:37

Dakar - Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia has admitted they were lucky to beat Senegal in the semifinal of the CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations.

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 was.

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,” Siasia added.

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.

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