The Nigerian under-23 side finished third at the Four-Nation Tournament after beating Honduras 3-1 in their last game on Monday. The Dream Team VI had earlier on lost back-to-back matches to Korea and Denmark.
Honduras had gone ahead in the 17th minute through Alberth Elis, while the Dream Team came back into the game in the second half. Captain Azubuike Okechukwu scored the equaliser in the 61st minute. Godwin Saviour increased the tally in the 69th minute from the penalty kick spot. Saturday Keigho made it three in the 87th minute with a shot taken from the Nigerian half of the pitch.
Head Coach of the team Samson Siasia, following the match said his team learnt a lot from the Four-Nation Suwon Invitational Tournament in Korea Republic. Though he admitted that the performance demanded changes from him and the team.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Siasia said the experience in Korea was overwhelming.
“I’m happy we are not going back home without a point. The most important thing is that team officials and the players have learnt a lot from this tournament, which we will take back home to start making our corrections.’’
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“The best thing that has happened to this team is that due to results at this tournament, we have heard Nigerians criticizing us. We thank them for all the negative things they have been saying about us.
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.
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, as we have other games coming up too in the U.S.
After making those changes, we will see how well the team will look going to the Olympics.’’