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U-23 AFCON: Siasia Eyes Senegal Upset

Posted: Dec 7, 2015 at 8:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

U-23 Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has expressed confidence in his team’s ability to shock hosts, Senegal, in the semifinal of the ongoing Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations billed for Wednesday, December 9 in Dakar. Nigeria’s quest for the 2016 Olympic ticket received a boost on Saturday as the U-23 Eagles booked their spot in the final four following a goalless draw against Algeria in their final group game at the Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor.

The hosts have been in sterling form thus far winning all three of their games in the group stage of the competition but Siasia maintained that his players were up to the task despite their shaky start to the competition. “I would have preferred to play Senegal in the final but I have to do at the semis.

It will be a great match because they will have the public behind them and we have to play and win. “At the Africa Cup of Nations in 1992, I scored here (Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium), and this is why most Senegalese remember me. I will be around my players to repeat it on Wednesday,” he said. Siasia while praising his players for qualifying for the semifinal said Nigeria was inching closer to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“I congratulate my team for not conceding and qualifying for the semifinals. The most important was to qualify and we have achieved it. We wish we could garner the three points but I’m happy with qualifying and getting closer to Rio de Janeiro.” Meanwhile, Nigeria captain, Azubuike Okechukwu, will miss the semifinal match against Senegal after picking up another yellow card during the Algerian match.

Similarly, Stanley Dimgba who has provided three assists in Nigeria’s group games against Mali and Egypt has been ruled out of the competition by an ankle injury.