Siasia: We Were Poor Vs Senegal, Will Improve

Siasia: We Were Poor Vs Senegal, Will Improve

By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville, Photo By Ganiyu Ysuf:

Nigeria U23 National Team Coach, Samson Siasia raged after his Dream Team VI virtually rose from the dead to hold their Senegalese counterparts to a one all draw in their last group game Saturday at the Kintele Sports Stadium in Brazzaville, Congo, reports.

Ibrahima Keita handed the West African side the lead in the 82nd minute but Mustapha Abdullahi saved the Dream Team from imminent defeat when he drew Nigeria level on the dot of the three minutes of additional time, which left the Senegalese disappointed.

Siasia blamed his players for the draw, saying the midfielders held the ball for too long, while the attackers could not convert the several scoring opportunities they carved out in the game.

"We want to be improving in every single game. We want to score goals and that was why we always try to watch video clips of our previous matches to correct our mistakes," Siasia told here in Brazzaville.

"But when the midfielders keep holding the ball for too long, and the strikers not making good use of the chances we had, what would you expect," Siasia querried rhethorically after the game.

"Senegal did not play much, but they converted the only chance they had. That's it, I must say we were lucky otherwise, it could have been bad," Siasia fumed.

The former Super Eagles handler said his team did not approach the game with the mindset of avoiding a semi-final clash with hosts, Congo Brazzaville.

He said every team in the All Africa Games men's football event is good, but restated his determination to ensure continued improvement in the team.

"We have the semis coming up so we must have to continue to work hard to correct our mistakes.

"We have a set mission coming here which is to win the All Africa Games men's football gold medal and we must do our best to get that job done no matter who we play in the semi-final," the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games silver medal-winning Nigeria coach said.