The coach of the Nigeria U-23 national team, Samson Siasia, is confident that his boys will soldier through in Point Noire against Congo on Sunday to qualify for the Rio 2016 qualifying tournament in Senegal.
The team, who will leave Nigeria on Thursday for their crucial second leg encounter, stayed back in Port Harcourt to train on the artificial turf of the Liberation Stadium and arrived in Abuja on Wednesday.
The former Super Eagles coach has been telling his team, who hold a slender 2-1 lead over the Congolese that this is an opportune time to make a name for themselves.
“I do not need to tell you that this game is important but it is more important for you.
“You need to go to Congo and write your names in gold,” he told his players on Wednesday night.
The Congolese coach, Claude Leroy, not satisfied with his players’ performance in the first leg, called up six Europe-based players to beef up his squad.
The U-23 team was far better than their opponents in the first leg that was played at the new Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium but wasted a flurry of chances.
An insider in the team told PREMIUM TIMES that Siasia will likely not change too much of the team that played the first leg but he expects Taiwo Awoniyi to start after he played as a substitute in the first leg and Kingsley Sokari, on account of his showings in training, could force his way into a starting berth in midfield.
The team will sleep over in Ethiopia on Thursday before flying to Congo on Friday.
The team was led by NFF Technical and Development Committee chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu.
The team for Congo:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Emmanuel, Yusuf Mohammed
Defenders: Sadiq Atanda, Stanley Amuzie Segun Oduduwa, Obanor Erhun, Chima Akas, Semiu Liadi, Sincere Seth
Midfielders: Etebor Oghenekaro, Azubuike Okechukwu, Usman Mohammed, Kingsley Sokari, Shehu Abdullahi
Strikers: Junior Ajayi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Austin Oladapo, Umar Aminu, Daniel Etor, Godwin Saviour
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