In from Nifemi Daniel . . .
In continuation on its preparation for the qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil, the U-23 Eagles at the weekend thrashed Gambian top team, Real De Banjul 3-0 in its first friendly game.
The encounter which was played at the FIFA Goal Project, Banjul saw Coach Samson Siasia fielding a strong team including the likes of Emmanuel Daniel, Oduduwa Segun, Captain Sincere Seth, Oghenekaro Etebo, Stanley Dimgba, Kufre Ebong and Tonbara Tiongoli.
Oghenekaro Etebo put the Nigeria U-23 ahead in the 25th minute from the penalty spot after captain Seth was fouled in the eighteen yard box by an opposing defender as the first half ended 1-0 in favour of the Nigeria.
At the resumption of the second half, Etebo connected a fine pass from Seth to make it 2-0. Barely three minutes later, Etebo was on target again for his hat-trick, after collecting a pass from Stanley Dimgba and firing the ball beyond the reach of the opposing goalkeeper.
The Nigeria U-23 thereafter dominated the game even with the introduction of Victor Osihmen, Bature Yaro and Prince Aggrey, amongst others.
Speaking after the game, Coach Siasia expressed disappointment with the way the team played in the first half despite dominating the game, adding that they should not be missing chances to score goals after creating them.
“I’m not impressed with what my boys displayed, I expected them to let their dominance count in front of goal and if they can’t convert these chances then we will be in trouble in Senegal. We will keep on working on them and hopefully they will get it right.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria U-23 will rest on Sunday to return on Monday to play its second friendly game against the Gambian U-20 National Team. The encounter billed to kick off by 4pm will be played at the Independence Stadium, Banjul.
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