By Bamidele Boluwaji:
National U-23 Eagles coach Samson Siasia has declared that Sunday’s Olympic Games qualifier against Congo in Port Harcourt will be tough but assured that his players are ready for the home game.
The former Super Eagles coach who believes strongly that preparation will be key to achieving positive result in the qualifier told Complete Sports that his players will not underrate the Congolese who edged Ghana from the Olympic race.
“It is going to be a tough match and i must tell you that we are not going to underrate the Congolese, the players know that they have to give their best and with the support of Nigerians, i am sure that we are not going to disappoint them,” says Siasia.
“We need to win this match with good result so that the return leg will just be a mere formality for us but we must work really hard to achieve that result and that is why i am telling you that preparation is key and I think the players are also working hard to see off the Congolese in the first leg match.
The 2008 Olympic silver medalist however believes that Nigeria will make it to the final of the African Olympic Games Qualifying Championship billed to hold in Senegal later in the year.
“The main qualifier is still ahead and we must ensure we get there and that is why it is important for us to win this match and even the return leg match so that we can go to Senegal for the final leg.
Meanwhile, Siasia has told Complete Sports that his immediate focus is how to qualify for the Olympic Games, saying attention will be shifted to the 2015 All Africa Games after the match against Congo.