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Nigeria’s U-23 Squad Lacks Strikers – Siasia

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 3:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tony Ezimakor  – Abuja


Under-23 Head Coach, Samson Siasia, has cried out over the increasing poor marksmanship of players invited for national team assignment. 

Siasia, who is intensifying preparation for the July 17/18 3rd round African qualifiers for the Rio Olympics football event against Congo, made the call against the background of the poor marksmanship by theFlying Eagles and the Super Falcons at the FIFA U-20 and Women’s World Cups.

He observed that the greatest problem facing the U-23, like their ousted World Cup peers in the Flying Eagles and Super Falcons, was the failure to take begging chances.

Under-23 Head Coach, Samson Siasia

Under-23 Head Coach, Samson Siasia

According to him, failure to inculcate necessary goal scoring skills in the players early in life, was responsible for this.

“The team is coming to shape but our greatest problem remains poor marksmanship; we are not scoring goals. We create chances but without goals we can’t win matches. If we want to win the fans over we must score goals .We have tried to expose them to weak team so that they can scores goals and from there build confidence. Yet we are not scoring, this is a big problem which we continue to work on,” he said.

Siasia added that the two legged affair against Congo was not one to toy with, and restated his desire to draft four or five members of the Flying Eagles to fill in some roles in the Dream Team.

“We have spoken to some of them. When they return, we intend to give them one week to rest after which we start to work on them; we are thinking of bringing in about four or five of the U-20 boys.”

The former Super Eagles Coach hinted at pruning down the 35 man team this weekend to enable the crew focus on the coming fixtures.

Under-23 will host Congo next month in the game billed for weekend of 17/18/19 , with the second leg fixed for Congo two weeks later. It is recalled that Congo edged Ghana 5-4 on penalties after 1-1 aggregate score line over two legs in the second round.