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CAF U-23: Siasia To Search For New Players

Posted: Sep 17, 2015 at 12:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Under-23 Head Coach, Samson Siasia, has promised to inject new players into the team before the Rio Olympics trials in Senegal later in the year.

This has become necessary after the team scandalous 1-3 loss to Burkina Faso in the semifinal of the ongoing African Games on Tuesday.

Nigeria has been drawn in Group B of the CAF U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal, alongside Egypt, Algeria and Mali.

“We are not ready, we have a long way to go if we want to compete,” Siasia lamented.

Referring to the team’s performance on Tuesday, he said, “We made so many mistakes, we did not play well in the defence and we did not create chances upfront. Our defence was sleeping. It was the worse game this team has played.

“We would have to start looking at other players the way things are now going.”

Siasia, who attributed the loss to the players’ poor marksmanship, and the defenders failing in their duties, said after the match, “We will make corrections after the African Games.

“I plan to travel to talk to some players I have already penciled down, then hopefully, the team should resume camping in first week of October to prepare for the CAF U-23. Certainly, some of the players I brought to Congo Brazzaville will have to give way.”

Siasia said that he did not for once believe the team would lose to Burkina Faso, let alone by such a high margin.

“I never imagined losing to Burkina Faso, but then my midfielders played so well, my defenders and attackers let me down, can you imagine my attackers not being able to convert about eight chances that came their way?

“To make matters worse, the defenders were asleep on a day they should have been up and doing. Who told the central defenders to keep offside trap the way they did? I am totally disappointed; we can’t play like this in Senegal and expect to qualify for the Rio Olympics. No way!

“We were so bad that anytime the ball beat the defenders, even my goalkeeper could not stop any of the shots fired at him. Football is a team game where errors are bound to occur, but it’s the players ability to cover for one another that makes a team great, that I didn’t see today.”

Siasia then apologised to Nigerians for letting them down by failing to qualify for the Games men’s football final.

“I am not a man of excuses. I take all the blame for this collapse and will certainly make amends before the CAFU-23 Cup of Nations.”

Unfortunately, Super Falcons, also in the semifinal of the women’s football event, lost 1-2 to Cameroon also on Tuesday.