Siasia: Unpaid Bonuses Won’t Stop U-23 Eagles From AFCON Title

By James Agberebi:

Nigeria U-23 coach Samson Siasia has stated that after qualifying for next year's Olympics, their next target is to win the CAF U-23 Cup of Nations.

The U-23 Eagles will face Algeria in Saturday's final inside the Leopald Sedar Senghor Stadium, Dakar.

This will be the second time both teams will be meeting after their first clash ended goalless.

Speaking ahead of the final, Siasia said his team know what to expect against Algeria following their first meeting.

"We're very happy to be in the final. It has been a long journey with some ups and downs but it feels good to be in the final," Siasia told CAF's official website.

"We know our opponents (Algeria) very well after playing them (at the group phase) and seeing their matches.

"The objective was to qualify for the Olympics which we achieved against Senegal. Now, we've set another objective, which is to win because we want to win the tournament for our people back home in Nigeria."

It has emerged that the players have not been paid their bonuses but Siasia insists they will not be distracted.

"The players worked hard to get to Rio de Janeiro because they want to make the country proud. It doesn't matter whether they have received match bonuses or not, what is important is to play and win for Nigeria," Siasia said.

He also hinted that Victor Osimhen should feature in the final against Algeria.

"Victor Osimhen had a good outing against Senegal which is giving me problems ahead of the final. I think he will play but I cannot confirm if he will start."

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