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CAF U-23: Nigeria v Egypt: We’re not Father Xmas, Siasia charges players

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Kick-off: 6:45pm
Head coach of the U-23 national team, Dream Team VI Samson Siasia has said his players cannot afford to give out free gifts to the Egyptians when they play the second group game today at the ongoing U-23 African Nations Cup in Senegal.


Coach Siasia made this disclosure yesterday at the pre-match press conference held at the Caroline Faye Stadium, M’Bour.

According to Siasia, “We were damn lucky in our first game against Mali, after watching that game again, all I can say is that this is not Christmas yet and as such my players can not give out free gifts, because if we do that against an organised side like Egypt who are good in set pieces, then we are finished”

“Our target today is to go all out and attack, attack, attack, because that is our strong point, then we will work on our defence line, so that we don’t give out cheap and easy passes to our opponents”

Expressing satisfaction with the performance of his team despite conceding two second half goals, the U-23 gaffer said what is uppermost was that they won the game and got the 3 points, and that a win against Egypt will put the team in the semi final, so they have to work very hard.

On whether he will  use Chile U-17 top scorer Victor Osimhen in the competition, coach Siasia had this to say “the young man is in my plans, when the right time comes I will introduce him, he has a lot of potentials that I can tell you, but we need to wait for the right time, he is a part of this team.

The game against the junior pharaohs of Egypt comes up Wednesday 6.45 pm Nigerian time at the Caroline Faye Stadium, M’Bour.


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