Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Siasia blames defence for U-23 woes

Head Coach of the Nigeria U-23 football team, Samson Siasia has identified the defence department as the weak link in his team following an unimpressive outing at the just concluded 4 -Nation Suwon Invitational Tournament in Korea Republic.
Speaking at the post match press conference after his boys ended the invitational with a 3-1 defeat of Honduras yesterday, Siasia said his team has learnt a lot from the tournament.

Siasia added: “The biggest problem we are having right now is that we do not defend very well; we create several chances but do not convert them. So, we need to make changes in those areas for us to move ahead from here, we have other games coming up too in America. After making those changes we will see how well the team will look going to the Olympics.

“I don’t see any plus right now, I only saw players that are not fit enough, that’s the biggest problem we had. The change of weather actually affected the
few ones that we trusted to play well, most of them faltered, so that’s a problem, and we need to address these things in a hurry.”
While expressing happiness that the team didn’t leave the tournament pointless, the coach assured that corrections will be made where necessary to improve the team ahead of the Olympics.
“The best thing that has happened to this team is that due to results at this tournament, we have heard Nigerians criticizing us,” he said.
“These have served as motivation for us, we have realized the areas that we need to improve on and those players that we need to inject into the team to make up a very strong team going to the Olympics.”
Nigeria finished third at the 4 -Nation Tournament after beating Honduras 3-1 in their last game yesterday.

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