Flying Eagles and Under-23 team Head Coach Siasia is optimistic about his team’s performance.
Samson Siasia has declared the teams determination to “aim for gold” at the men’s football event of this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Coach Siasia is keen on surpassing his personal record which he achieved at the Beijing Olympics football event in 2008 where he led Nigeria to a silver medal.
“The last time I took the U23s to the Olympics, we won silver. This time, we will aim for gold.”
“Not many people gave us a chance going to the African finals in Senegal. We love it that way because so much focus is on the other teams and we are able to concentrate on devising our own strategies.”
Siasia, who himself was once a striker for Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, is presently preparing a 20-man squad for this year’s Summer Olympics.
Siasia’s under-23 team is also scheduled to feature in an invitational tournament in South Korea some time this year.
Siasia’s 20-man squad for the tournament in Suwon in preparation for the Olympics include Azubuike Okechukwu, Stanley Amuzie, Ndifreke Effiong, Erhun Obanor, Ubong Ekpai, Usman Mohammed, Stanley Dimgba, Taiwo Awoniyi, Saviour Godwin and Tiongoli Tonbara among them.
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Nigeria’s under-23 team have been drafted with Sweden, Colombia and Japan in Group B of the men’s football event in this year’s Olympics.
Learning from past experience, coach Siasia prefers not to have his team rated highly and acclaimed extensively like the case was before the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal where they failed to live up to expectation.
Siasia’s men will begin their quest for olympic gold against Japan on the 4th of August.
Next up will be Sweden on the 7th of August. Nigeria’s under-23 team will round off their group games in Sao Paulo against Colombia on August 10th.