– Siasia says his players made so much mistakes
– The Dream Team VI conceded six goals against the
– Siasia complained bitterly about his defence
Coach Samson Siasia has blamed the Nigeria U-23 team’s
embarrassing 6-2 defeat by Denmark at the Suwon
Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 4, on several
mistakes by his boys that were ruthlessly punished by the
Siasia said this much at the post match conference after the
game played at the Goyang Sports Complex.
He said: “We got it wrong from the blast of the referee’s
whistle; we made so many mistakes; we didn’t play like we
were meant to.
“The Danes did not play so well in their first game but they
were tactically sound and we simply did not know how to
defend against them.
“There were too many blunders on our side. We allowed
them to control and pass the ball, and that’s how we got
killed. It’s so embarrassing. I have never lost by six goals
anywhere since I started my coaching career. All the same,
that’s why we are here, to look at the guys that can play,
and the ones that we can take to the Olympics.
“It is very embarrassing, not because we lost, but the way
we lost. Now, we have to snap out of it. We still have one
more game to play, we will work hard to see that one turns
Siasia said his biggest problem is the defence, as well as the
inability of the strikers to convert the goal –scoring
opportunities that have come their way at the tournament,
beginning with the 0-1 loss to host South Korea on
Thursday, May 2.
The Dream Team lost 6-2 to Denmark in their second game
at the 4 –Nation Suwon Invitational Football Tournament,
conceding the first goal in the 26th minute after central
defender Erhun Obanor nodded the ball past a stranded
goalkeeper Daniel. This came after Daniel had saved a 7th
minute penalty after Obanor handled the ball.
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After the first goal, the Danes were all over Nigeria and in
the 34th minute scored the second goal through Emil
Larsen, who went on to bag a hat –trick by scoring in the
38th and 54th minutes. Patrick Da Silva scored the fifth in
the 62nd minute and Emiliano Marcondes scored the sixth
in the 75th minute. The Dream Team pulled two goals back
in the 85th and 88th minutes through Taiwo Abdulrahman.
The Nigeria U-23 will play its last game at the tournament
against Honduras on Monday at the 35,000 –capacity
Bucheon Sports Complex, starting from 3.30pm local time,
which is 7.30am in Nigeria.