Newsexpress banner Camano banner
Siasia apologises to Nigerians over loss

By News Express on 17/09/2015

Views: 2,240


The Head Coach of the U-23 National Team, Samson Siasia has apologised to Nigerians over the 3-1 defeat of the team by Burkina Faso in the semi-final match of the 11th Africa Games football tournament in Brazzaville.

A statement on Nigeria Football Federation website said Siasia blamed the loss on his boys' profligacy in front of goal and the defenders’ failure in their duties.

Siasia said he was sorry for not qualifying for the All-Africa Games men's football final match to bring home the gold medal to Nigeria.

“I am not a man of excuses. I take all the blame for this collapse and will certainly make amends before the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.”

Siasia said that in his wildest imagination, he did not for once believe the team would lose to Burkina Faso, let alone by such a wide 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.

“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.”

Siasia said that he had learnt his lessons in the AAG and would look for foreign players to reinforce the team for U-23 African Championship in Senegal. .

“We will make corrections after the All-Africa Games. I plan to travel to talk to some players I have already pencilled down.

“The team should be assembling in the first week of October to prepare for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.

“Certainly, some of the players I brought to Congo Brazzaville will have to give way.”

‎Nigeria is grouped with Algeria, Egypt and Mali in Group B at the African U-23 Championship in Dakar and M’Bour, Senegal

The championship’s top three teams are expected to fly Africa’s flag at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 11th All-Africa Games which began on Sept. 4 is expected to end on Saturday. (NAN)

•Photo shows Samson Siasia

Source News Express

Posted 17/09/2015 05:18:58 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Anambra stakeholders rally support for Obiano’s second term...

Ed Sheeran named Best-selling Global Artist of 2017...

Akpabio withdraws application seeking review of NASS election...

Stakeholders urge FG to review FADAMA 111 project...

I can dance naked for Ibori – Reverend...

Mad rush for Lake Rice in Lagos

Relocate your headquarters to Uyo, Akpabio tells TotalFina...

2019: Coalition of 30 parties moves against Buhari...

Army declares Chief of Staff’s Facebook accounts fake,...

Yahaya Bello flags off recruitment of 4,521 youths...

Boko Haram kills 4 in Borno, injures another...

2019: Oshiomhole aiding plot to hijack Ogun Govt,...

 

Latest News Orji Kalu strikes oil deals in Venezuela Prison warder who sells drugs to prisoners nabbed in Jos NMA kicks as Police arrest, detain doctor who attempted to save suicide victim Banditry: Angry relatives display 14 corpses of victims before Emir of Katsina, Masari Police to divert traffic on routes to Presidential Election Tribunal venue today Okorocha cries out: They are after me again! 160 jostle for 33 permanent secretaries’ seats in Kano Police arrest mastermind of Kaduna mob action resulting in death of 3 Medical student commits suicide for failing exams Nigeria shuts four foreign missions FG approves N25bn allowances for ASUU members Aviation unions to disrupt flight activities, declare indefinite strike today

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (480,820 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (419,719 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (358,265 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (306,423 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (270,626 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (241,466 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (229,408 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (211,168 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (202,906 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (200,490 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (181,435 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (181,404 views)

 

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (91) Business & Economy (4,273) Business Verdict (71) Columnists (1,031) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (614) Features (752) Global Business Monitor (363) ICT Monitor (43) International (3,470) Interview (179) Live Commentary (29) Love Matters (161) Maggie's Blog (272) News (46,406) Opinion (1,243) Pidgin (17) Politics (10,804) Religion (1,005) Sports (2,011) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera