By Onochie Anibeze
After watching the video clips of Germany in the on-going FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, Samson Siasia said yesterday that he had an idea of how to approach todayâ€™s second round match.
He only hoped that the players would be able to play to instruction.He was in the bus going for their last training at the time we called yesterday evening.
â€œWe have tried to turn around the team and I think we have an idea on what to do. But the ball is in the court of the players. They are all feeling fine now. I think that if they execute what we have planned, we will smile at the end of the match. I hope it turns out well.â€
Nigeria play Germany in Suez today in what should be an interesting match.
Lukman Haruna, one of the few players in the Yomi Tella Under 17 team that won the FIFA Under 17 trophy in Korea two years ago says he is looking forward to the game. He was red carded in Nigeriaâ€™s first match against Venezuela for a vicious tackle. His action, deep in the half of the opponentsâ€™ area,Â was absolutely not necessary. He deserved the card. Unfortunately, the player felt the refereeâ€™s decision was harsh. He didnâ€™t show remorse and this is what Siasia must look into before todayâ€™s game otherwise his team could face more of such penalties.
â€œThe referee gave me red card because the player I stepped on was shouting. He didnâ€™t even see what happened because he was far away. I didnâ€™t deserve that card,â€ Lukman was quoted as saying Tuesday. His remarks should be a major source of concern to the technical crew.Â Siasia has told the players to study the referee that would officiate todayâ€™s match in order to know what to avoid.
Some referees allow reasonable body contacts while some donâ€™t. And in many situations referees discretion matters. Another Nigerian player, Gbolahaun Salami,Â also got red-carded in the match against Spain. He will be on duty today with Haruna.
â€œWe have watched the tapes on Germany and reviewed them. I just hope we get things right. If we do, it could make Nigerians forget our bad outings and they will have something to celebrate. We are not losing hope,â€ Siasia said. They qualified for the second round as one of the best losers, having lost to Venezuela and Spain and beat Tahiti.