By Taiwo Adesanya:
The head coach of the Nigeria U-23 national team, Samson Siasia, has said his selection of Victor Osihmen into his team is based on merit.
Siasia made this disclosure at the official press conference organized by CAF in Mbour, while addressing the sporting press.
“The young man (Victor) did not replace any body or made this team on emotions, he earned his place as he showed maturity in training, besides, don’t forget he scored ten goals in Chile, and you don’t score such amount of goals in such a competition in error, I brought him here to show the world that what he did in Chile is no fluke,” Siasia said.
On the chances of the U-23 Eagles picking one of the tickets to the Rio Olympics, Siasia said: “We were the last team to arrive in Senegal and by extension we will be the last team to leave Senegal, for me my target is to play five matches here in Senegal, and with the team I have on the ground here in Senegal, that target of mine is achievable.”
Siasia, who led Nigeria to the final of the 2008 Olympics men’s football even, admits that because Nigeria didn’t qualify for the last Olympic Games in London, he doesn’t have any excuse not to qualify for Rio.