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Rio Olympics: Siasia Raises The Alarm Over Manaus Weather

Posted: Apr 17, 2016 at 3:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Samson Siasia, U-23 Head Coach, has raised the alarm over the weather in Manaus, venue of the team’s Rio Olympics football event games.
Nigeria drawn in group B of the Games will play Japan and Sweden in Manaus before its last group game against Columbis in Sao Paulo.
After the draw last Thursday, Siasia said that the only problem in Manaus was the weather.
“The only difficulty I foresee is the hot weather in Manaus for our first two games.” he said, adding, “All the same, that can’t stop us.”
Siasia, who disclosed that the draw was not a bad one, added that there were no good or bad draws. “For me, there is no good or bad draw, for all the teams played qualifiers to get here. Besides, the Group B that we are in has two continental champions alongside Nigeria, so I don’t expect it to be a stroll in the park for us, but with quality preparations I am sure we will pick one of the tickets from this group.
“My target in Rio is to pick the gold medal having won the silver medal in Beijing in 2008, so when I get back to Nigeria, I will put heads together with my assistants to work out our preparations for the Games. I am confident that with the calibre of players at our disposal, we will achieve our goal.”
On the issue of which three over-aged players to select for the Games, Coach Siasia said: “Yes, I already have in mind the three over aged players that I intend using at the Games. But I will not disclose their names for now as I think it’s still too early to do so,” said Siasia.
Siasia is targeting a win in his team’s opener against Japan, because a win will boost the team’s confidence.
“I am targeting a convincing win in our opening match. Japan won’t be easy, but we need to beat them well to take command of the group.”
“The win will give us the confidence for the matches for Sweden and Colombia,” he further added.