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CAF U-23 AFCON: It’s win or burst against Algeria – Siasia

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Nigeria Under-23 team coach, Samson Siasia has reiterated the need to post a good result against Algeria in their last group B match of the CAF Under-23 African Cup of Nations, otherwise Nigeria’s  chances of going to the Rio 2016 Olympics will evaporate.


Speaking Wednesday night after Nigeria survived an Egyptian scare in a 2-2 pulsating draw, Siasia lamented that his team was lethargic and the problem must be fixed,  if they are to avoid defeat to Algeria. Nigeria scored two penalty goals in the first half, but squandered the opportunity to cement a place in the semi-finals, when they conceded two preventable goals.

“It will be a tough battle against Algeria, and we have to be careful about the North African sides.

Speaking on the lost opportunity against Egypt Siasia maintained that: “We tend to lose concentration in the second half and I have to fix it. It was the same case in the first game against Mali and the same thing happened against Egypt.”

Team captain, Azubuike Okechukwu assured that the Algerian hurdle will be surmounted when they play on Saturday.

“We know the Algerians. We are not afraid of them.

“We respect them but we are not afraid of them.”

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