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No Fear Of Ghana, Egypt, Senegal – Siasia

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 2:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Head Coach of the U-23 National Team, Samson Siasia, has described All-Africa Games group B opponents Ghana, Egypt and Senegal as tough nuts, but assured Nigerians that the team would qualify from the group and ultimately aim for the gold medal.

Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia

Reacting to Thursday’s draw held at the CAF headquarters in Egypt, Siasia, who is with his U-23 boys in Port Harcourt preparing for next weekend’s African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifier against Congo, expressed surprise that the strongest teams in the tournament, pedigree -wise, ended up in the same pool.

“I can tell you for free that this group B is a tough one, for all the countries in this group can qualify for the semi finals. All I can say for now is that we are not afraid of any of them, and will know what to do when we get to that bridge.”

Siasia added that for now, all his concentration was on the African U-23 Championship qualifying fixture home and away to Congo, as that was of immediate importance.

Meanwhile, the Team will today play a friendly game against Nigeria Nation-Wide League club, Go Round FC in Port Harcourt. The encounter kicks off at 4pm.

Meanwhile Super Falcons will play host nation Congo-Brazzaville, Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A of the Women’s Football Tournament of the Games.

At Thursday morning’s Draw Show in Egypt, Cameroon’s Lionesses, which reached the Round of 16 at the just –ended FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Canada, will play South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, Ghana’s Black Queens and Egypt’s Lady Pharaohs in a fierce Group B.

The Super Falcons defeated the Ivorien Lady Elephants 4-2 in the opening match of the 2014 African Women Championship, which the Falcons won in Namibia.

Host Congo will take on Nigeria in the opening match, while Tanzania clash with Cote d’Ivoire. All matches will be played in Brazzaville.