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Siasia: My Boys Will Thrash Congo

Siasia: My Boys Will Thrash Congo

Nigeria U-23s head coach, Samson Siasia, is confident his team will beat Congo at the Adokiye Amasiamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt in Sunday's African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifier on Sunday.

Siasia, who won Olympics silver as head coach in 2008, said on Friday that he banks on his side's scoring prowess to overcome Claude Leroy's side.


"I am very confident that Nigerians who will troop out en masse to see our match on Sunday will see one of the best displays ever by the Dream Team," Siasia told the Nigeria Football Federation website.

"As a team, my boys have always created chances, but our greatest problem has been to convert these chances to goals. We have been doing a lot of work in this critical area and if what I have seen in training of recent is anything to go by, then I can assure Nigerians that these boys will make them proud by scoring enough goals against the Congolese come Sunday."

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On the issue of the non-availability of most of the overseas-based players he invited for the game, Siasia said neither himself nor the NFF has been taken unawares, as the match is only a qualifier for a continental competition and not on the FIFA calendar.

"For this reason, the clubs in Europe and elsewhere are not obliged to release these players, and that was why we have been concentrating efforts in building the team around home -based professionals," he added.

The team, however, has the services of former junior international striker Umar Aminu, who was able to convince his club to release him for the game.

On his word to the fans who are expected to troop into the stadium for the game, Siasia said he is appealing to them to fully support the team from all through the match.

The Congolese delegation was being expected in Port Harcourt on Friday evening.

Kenyan official Anthony Ogwayo will be the referee, with his compatriots Gilbert Cheruiyot, Joshua Achila and Andrew Juma Otieno as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and reserve referee respectively. The match commissioner is Alim Konate Aboubakar from Cameroon.

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