By Rachael Ugiagbe


Coach of the U23 National team, Samson Siasia has attributed his team’s defeat to Burkina Faso in the semi finals of the men’s football event of the ongoing 11th All Africa Games in Brazzaville, as his boys’ profligacy in front of goal and his defenders failing in their duties.

Speaking after the game, an angry Siasia stated that he never imagined that his team would lose to the Burkinabes, let alone by such huge margin.

“I never imagined losing to Burkina Faso, but then my midfielders played so well, my defenders and attackers let me down, can you imagine my attackers not being able to convert about eight chances that came their way?

“To make matters worse, the defenders were asleep on a day they should have been up and doing. Who told the central defenders to keep offside trap the way they did? I am totally disappointed; we can’t play like this in Senegal and expect to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. No way!

“We were so bad that anytime the ball beat the defenders, even my goalkeeper could not stop any of the shots fired at him. Football is a team work where errors are bound to occur, but it’s the ability of fellow team mates to cover for one another that makes a team great, that I didn’t see today.”

The team will next take on hosts Congo in the third place match, the battle for bronze medal. The last time both teams met, Dream Team VI stopped the Junior Red Devils from reaching the Africa U23 Cup of Nations with a 2-1 aggregate win.

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