By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Music star Daddy Showkey has urged the U-23 Eagles to improve on their defending and avoid conceding goals that may ruin their chances of picking a ticket to the football tournament of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Showkey told Completesportsnigeria.com that the Samson Siasia team caused him all sorts of trepidation in their two previous Group B games at the CAF U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal and hopes to see a better game on Saturday against Algeria.
"The Nigerian team almost gave me heart attack in their two matches so far against Mali and Egypt. I watched those matches and I'm really disappointed by the way the boys defended," Showkey told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"Their defending is caused by anxiety. It is a 'Nigerian syndrome' but we cannot afford to miss out on the Olympics so I want Samson Siasia to work on his team's defending. How can you be leading by two or three goals and then collapse like that, it is just too bad."
Showkey who recently returned from trips to the United States and Italy further said:
"Anyway I hope they win and at least qualify for the semi-finals of the competition in Senegal. We all have good memories of the 1996 Olympics when Kanu, Amokachi, Oliseh, Oruma, Babayaro and co won the gold.
"Whenever we travel out of the country and talk football with the whites, they still talk about that Nigerian Olympics team and its a thing of pride, so abeg no more 'heart attack football', that's my own."
The Nigerian team need a draw of any sort to reach the last four of the U-23 AFCON.
Interestingly, a victory or a draw for already eliminated Mali on Saturday against Egypt and a Nigeria loss will see Algeria and Nigeria qualify from Group B.
The Nigeria versus Algeria match kicks off at 6pm Nigerian time.