Lagos - Highly-rated coach, Samson Unuanel has urged fans to
be patient as the Nigeria U23 side seeks to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic
The Samson Siasia tutored team had another display of deja
vu Wednesday in M’bour, Senegal when they threw away a two-goal lead in the
first half, only to allow Egypt claw back into the game in the second half to
cancel the lead. The game ended 2-2.
Although Egypt comeback was helped by Nigeria's miserable
defence line, the Egyptians deserved the draw, as they harassed the Nigerians
for most of the second half.
Nigeria, who were leading with two goals before the half
time through a brace from Etebo Oghenekaro's spot kicks goals in the 20th and
30th minutes, failed to defend this lead as they gave the Egyptians the golden
opportunities to score two quick goals in the second half.
The Nigerians had collapsed in the second half as well in
their first game against Mali on Sunday, allowing Mali to clip the 3-0 lead to end
the tie 3-2.
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Despite the lapses in concentration by Siasia's team,
Unuanel has urged the Nigerians not to lose faith in the team.
According to the former Niger Tornadoes coach, it is too
early to judge the young players because they still have a lot to learn and the
future looks bright.
“We need to give them time, it is too early to judge them.
The team still have a long way to go in this tournament. They will achieve
better results and gain experience,” said the ex-Enyimba and Kwara United coach
in a chat with News24.
“The fans didn't really like the way things went in the game
against Egypt, but we must also understand that this is the game of football,
it's a funny game. The boys won't disappoint in subsequent matches.
He added, “We know the players can make the difference, so
we just need to give them the chance to prove themselves in the final group
match against Algeria, assist them such that they can get the spirit of topping
the group and going on to pick a ticket to play in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.”
Siasia and his boys have to beat Algeria in their last game
to guarantee their qualification to the next stage of the Nations Cup which
serves as African qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The Algerians defeated Mali 2-0 in the second match of Group
B on Wednesday. Nigeria are tied with four points with Algeria, while Egypt are
with two points with Mali no point in two matches.For
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