6 Jul 2015

Nigeria will qualify for 2016 Olympics - Samson Siasia

National Under-23 team coach, Samson Siasia, says he has a team of good players to pick ahead of the July 19 qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games football event against Congo in Port Harcourt.

The U23 team coach said after his boys’ 3-1 defeat of 36 Lions FC in a friendly match at the weekend that the presence of Flying Eagles’ players in the team has given him the opportunity to work on the side’s attack.

Siasia also disclosed that he has shut the door on some invited former Flying Eagles’ players, including goalkeeper Dele Alampasu, for failing to report to camp on schedule.
“Although we did not have the luxury of playing international friendly matches, we will ensure that these boys will come together and blend for the task ahead. “We still have about two weeks to train together before we make our final selection for Congo, so we still have enough players to select for the game. Our target for now is to win this game in order to take us close to the Olympics football ticket and I have seen commitment in the players. They are there with their whole heart and I know they will make Nigerians proud when we play Congo in Port Harcourt.

“We have just acquired the videos of Congo and we are watching them to guide us.
Credit: Ezeocha Nzeh/Nigerian Guardian

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