The Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has made a bold declaration that he is not concerned about who the Dream Team VI will face in the quarter finals of the men’s football event at the Rio Olympics.
Two wins from two games has guaranteed Nigeria not just a place in the quarter final but also finishing top in Group B.
With this scenario, Nigeria are to face who ever finishes as runners up in Group A which houses the quartet of Brazil, Denmark, Iraq and South Africa.
Denmark are at the moment the leading team in Group A and the Europeans are in good stead to keep the position while the second spot will be fiercely fought for by Brazil and others.
Answering questions at the post match press conference after the 1-0 victory over Sweden, Coach Siasia said for now his attention was on the team’s last group game against Colombia and as such he is not bothered about avoiding host nation Brazil in the quarter–final stage.
“I think for me and the boys all we are doing now is taking it a game at a time, we are not bothered about the team we will be playing in the quarter finals, let’s play Colombia first and from there we will think of our opponents at that stage.
“The issue of the team I will prefer to play in the quarter final stage doesn’t arise now; what is uppermost in my mind is getting my boys focused for every game.”
Speaking on his defence –line that has been termed as being the weak link in the team, Siasia said, “As you all can see, today my defence line didn’t concede any goal, yes myself and my technical crew worked very hard to correct all the lapses we noticed in our first game and I am happy my boys stood their ground and kept a clean sheet today. All I can say for now is that it’s work in progress.”
On his part, Captain Mikel Obi expressed delight that the team was able to improve on its performance from the first game, all thanks to the hard work of the technical crew.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has apologized to players and officials of the country’s Olympic football team for the circumstances that led to the contingent’s late arrival in Brazil for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016.
Dalung according to a statement from the NFF tendered his apology in the dressing room after the game at the Arena Amazonia.
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