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Siasia happy with Ghana draw

Nigeria head coach, Samson Siasia, has expressed satisfaction with the goalless draw his side got in Tuesday’s international friendly with Ghana at the Vicarage Road, Watford in London.

The troubled Super Eagles’ manager believes it was an improved performance than Saturday’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea, which ended 2 – 2.

The draw against Guinea at the weekend ended Nigeria’s dream of qualifying for the Afcon – the first in 25 years.

Siasia said his players created the “better chances” against the Black Stars of Ghana.

The former Nigerian Under20 and Under23 national team coach dismissed the draw as being a consolation for missing out on the Afcon scheduled to hold in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next year.

“We had better chances at goal and we are happy that we didn’t lose. I don’t think there’s any consolation that we didn’t make the Nations Cup,” he said.

The 44-year-old coach, who has come under fire following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the Afcon, gave his men a pass mark for acquitting themselves well against their rivals, the Black Stars.

Siasia said: “At least the players showed that they are good. The players have shown that every opportunity that they get, they need to prove themselves and I’m proud of that.”

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical committee will meet on Thursday to determine the future of Siasia.


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