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Siasia bent on making changes against Denmark

03 June 2016, 17:23Israel Ojoko

Seoul - Following the team’s 1-0 loss on Thursday to hosts Korea in the opening game of the 4–Nation Suwon Invitational Tournament, Dream Team coach Samson Siasia has said change is inevitable when they play against Denmark in their next game on Saturday.

Siasia said on Friday after the team's training session at the Namdong Rugby Stadium training pitch that his starting 11 against Denmark will be different from the one against Korea.

"As part of our plan to give every player equal opportunity to stake a claim for a shirt going to the Rio Olympic Games, we will be giving all the players we brought to Korea a chance to play and be assessed on their own merit, so that none of them will complain of not getting enough time. In our game against Denmark on Saturday, we will definitely make changes in our starting eleven.

"This is one opportunity that we can't let slip off our fingers as the NFF has given us a platform to play against three top teams going to the Olympics, so we must take full advantage of it and hopefully we will get the best legs to represent us in Rio."

Also read: Siasia blames fatigue for U-23 team loss

He however encouraged the players to put the defeat against South Korea behind them, and take the positives from the match, going forward.

"We are not saying we are here to win the tournament as a matter of do or die, but we cannot afford to lose all our games as it will affect our morale going to Rio, so we must take our game a step higher than what we did against Korea," Siasia added.

All the players were involved in Friday's training session.

The Dream Team will be playing Denmark at the 41,000 –capacity Goyang Sports Complex at 18.00 hours local time on Saturday, which is 10am in Nigeria.

News24 reported that Choi Kyu-baek scored the only goal in the 86th minute to ensure South Korea beat Nigeria 1-0 on Thursday.

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