By David Meshioye:
Former Super Eagles skipper Austin JayJay Okocha has warned that Saturday’s U-23 Africa Cup of Nations final between Nigeria and Algeria will not be a stroll in the park for Siasia’s men.
In an exclusive chat with Completesportsnigeria.com on Friday, the former Bolton Wanderers playmaker hinged his submission on the pedigree of the Algerian team, which he described as a tactically sound side armed with a wealth of experience
He however expressed his confidence in the ability of coach Samson Siasia to come up with a formation aimed at checkmating the Algerians.
The Atlanta 96 Olympics gold medallist lauded coach Siasia for keeping himself abreast with the modern trends of the game over the years, adding that his (Siasia) technical savvy coupled with his experience in major finals will be enough to see Nigeria emerged as champions of the competition.
“We all know that playing against the host nation is always difficult. I think the Nigerian team did very well because at the end of the day what really matters is the result and that is what they have been: getting good results,” Okocha told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“I think he is well equipped for this kind of tournament. He has played in so many finals, I feel it is all about getting it right on match day; adopt the right tactics and approach
“It is just one game left, I think they just focus on that game and play their hearts out, which I believe if they do, they will carry the day against the Algerians.”