By James Agberebi:
Photo By Ganiyu Yusuf In Brazzaville:
Former Nigeria international, Joseph Dosu, has described as a shock the U-23 Eagles’ 3-1 loss to Burkina Faso in the semi-final of the men’s football event of the 2015 All Africa Games.
In a chat with completesportsnigeria.com, Dosu urged the team to put the result behind them and shift attention on the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal.
He also urged coach Samson Siasia to strengthen the team with foreign-based players.
“It was a surprise result to me; I wasn’t expecting Burkina Faso to knock us out,” Dosu, who was in goal when Nigeria’s U-23 ‘Dream Team’ won gold at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics, told completesportsnigeria.com.
“I believe it is a shock to the whole country. But that is football, a game where anything can happen. What we have to do is to pick the pieces and see how far we can go in the Olympic qualifier where we have been grouped with Egypt, Mali and Algeria, which I believe is a very tight group.
“I think we will need some of our foreign-based players to come around and help the team qualify for the Olympics proper. And I believe if the team prepare very well, they will qualify for the Olympic.”
The U-23 Eagles will face hosts Congo in the third place match.