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Amiesimaka Lauds Siasia, Team

Posted: Jul 21, 2015 at 12:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former Green Eagles winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka, has lauded Coach Samson Siasia and the team despite the slim 2-1 defeat of Congo in the first leg last round qualifiers for the CAF U-23 championship, which also serves as qualifiers for the Rio Olympics football event.

Amiesimaka in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) praised Siasia for assembling a formidable and quality team.

“Although the score line was in favour of Nigeria, it did not reflect the dominance of the team. But it was win, a deserved win,’’ he said, adding that the performance of the team was very commendable.

“I saw in the players a sense of professionalism that is rare to find in our teams, at least in the recent times.

“Commitment to a cause, one could see from the beginning of the game till the end that they played with a sense of purpose.

“I am making this point to encourage them to continue in that spirit,” Amiesimaka said.

Meanwhile, Siasia, says the players were not distracted by financial promises made to them prior to qualifier.

“These boys were not here for the money. They wanted to make sure Nigerians are happy with what we are doing so that we could qualify for the Olympics,” Siasia said at the post-match press conference.

The coach then commended the partisan crowd for the support they provided for his team during the game.

“We won but we did not get the number of goals we wanted to score (before kickoff).

“All the same, scoring two goals is not easy.

“When we go to (Pointe-Noire for the second leg), they will be the ones coming out to try to score against us.

“The bottom line is that we have won and we just have to celebrate this win and focus on the next game.

“We created a lot of chances we were supposed to take advantage of in the first half but we did not. That’s football.

“They created probably just two chances all game and scored one goal,” he said.