Siasia Not Afraid Of Olympics Group Rivals, Targets Gold

Nigeria U-23s head coach Samson Siasia has stated that the draw for the men's football event of the Rio Olympic Games which saw his side grouped against Sweden, Japan and Colombia is not a bad one.

The draw held on Thursday at the auditorium of the Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro pitted the reigning African champions  against the Asian champions Japan, European champions Sweden and Colombia, who beat USA in an intercontinental play-off to reach Rio.

"For me, there is no good or bad draw, for all the teams played qualifiers to get here," Siasia told the Nigeria Football Federation website. "Besides, the Group B that we are in has two continental champions alongside Nigeria, so I don't expect it to be a stroll in the park for us, but with quality preparations I am sure we will pick one of the tickets from this group.


"My target in Rio is to pick the gold medal having won the silver medal in Beijing in 2008, so when I get back to Nigeria, I will put heads together with my assistants to work out our preparations for the Games. I am confident that with the calibre of players at our disposal, we will achieve our goal."

On the issue of which three over-aged players to select for the Games, Siasia said: "Yes, I already have in mind the three over aged players that I intend using at the Games. But I will not disclose their names for now as I think it's still too early to do so." 

Siasia is expected to return to Nigeria this weekend.

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