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U-23 Will Tame Congo –Siasia, Agu

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 at 1:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen  –  Lagos


Ahead of Sunday’s CAF/Olympics qualifier against the Red Devils of Congo, U-23 coach Samson Siasia says he’s optimistic the team will come out victorious at the Stade Municipal in Pointe-Noire.

The team which defeated Congo 2-1 a fortnight ago in Port Harcourt, knows that a win or a draw will guarantee the team an automatic tickets for the showpiece in Rio De Jenero in 2016. However, defeat will end the team’s ambitions after missing out at the 2012 London Olympic.



Having led the team to an away win against Zambia in Lusaka, Siasia revealed that he’s not losing sleep over the match and that the team would get the maximum point.

“We will play with intelligence but the mind-set will not be playing not to lose but playing to win instead. We will be going for an outright win. We had so many chances in the first leg while (Congo) had maybe two or three in the entire game. It’s a pity that we did not take our chances. We had chances to score lots of goals.”

“(In the second leg), we would not want to make the same mistakes again. We have been working very hard in training this week to improve our goal scoring in front of goal and hopefully, the result will be better this time,” he said.

Meanwhile, U-23 goalkeeper trainer, Alloy Agu has reiterated that the team has the mental strength to surmount Congo’s hurdle at Pointe-Noire.

“Qualification ticket is at stake in Congo and the players quite understand what the work description is.

“Good enough, we do not have injury worry at the moment so we will be fielding the very best against Congo.

“We are quite well in terms of preparation as nobody is under any illusion that the task in Congo will be an easy one.

“We believe we will get the desired result that will see us progress to the next stage of the qualification race,” Agu told supersport.com.

The winner of the tie will qualify for the 2015 CAF U-23 championship in Senegal.

It will take place between November 28 and December 12, 2015 and will comprise a total of eight countries.

The tournament acts as qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics men’s football tournament for the CAF, with the top three teams qualifying.