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CAF U-23: We Are In A Tough Group – Siasia

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 at 12:27 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Under-23 Head Coach, Samson Siasia, has described the draws of the U-23 African Nations Cup which pits the team against Egypt, Mali and Algeria in group B as tough.

Speaking from Congo where his team is getting set to take on Burkina Faso in the semi finals of the ongoing All Africa Games, Siasia said that the teams in the group qualified for the Rio Olympics qualifiers and as such none was a push over.

U-23 Coach, Samson Siasia

U-23 Coach, Samson Siasia

“For now my concentration is on my semi final game, but I must confess that this group is tough, all the teams in my group have a pedigree that cannot be over looked, but I can assure Nigerians that we will pick one of the tickets for the football event of the Rio Olympic Games.”

He added that he was sure of picking one of the tickets as his boys play better when faced with tough oppositions. He appealed that the team bgoes into camp immediately after the African Games so as to get the new players he intends to add to the team blend well with the others.

Siasia disclosed that aside one or two additions to the defence line he has in Congo, he would be scouting around Europe to set up discussions with some strikers that would add competition in the striking position at both the Senegal event and the Olympic Games as he believes that only the best who were willing to play for the country wre good enough for the team.

In the draw which held in Cairo, Egypt on Monday Nigeria was drawn in Group B with Egypt, Algeria and Mali while South Africa faces hosts Senegal, Zambia and Tunisia in Group A.

Group winners and runners-up advance to the semifinals, with the two finalists qualifying Rio Olympic Games.

The losing semifinalists play off to fill the third and last place reserved for Africa at a tournament.