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Siasia laments injuries to key players ahead Senegal clash

09 December 2015, 12:46

Abuja - Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia is lamenting the injury concerns to his players ahead of their crucial CAF U23 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal clash against Senegal today.

The duo of Stanley Dimgba and Taiwo Awoniyi are doubts for the game against the hosts, and Siasia has been speaking on the unfortunate development.

“We have two very important players that are injured,” Siasia said. “Even Taiwo Awoniyi is injured but we still have some strikers we can use to replace them,” he added.

Also read: NFF talks up Dream Team ahead semifinal clash with Senegal

The game against Senegal is a must win for Nigeria if they must secure their place at next year’s Olympic Games before the last round of matches. A loss however means they must then win the third place match against either South Africa or Algeria to secure the last berth to the games.

It hasn’t been the best of times for the Nigerians, as players have complained about not receiving their match allowances, but they have managed to progress to the semifinal stage.

They also miss the services of captain Okechukwu Azubuike through suspension, after he received a booking in the final group game against Algeria.

- News24


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