Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles coach Samson Siasia has blamed his defenders and strikers for the embarrassing 6-2 loss to Denmark at the Suwon Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
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.
“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.
He added that, “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.
The former Super Eagles coach however warned his players to step up their game as they battle Honduras on Monday.
“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 out differently.”
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.
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