Rio Olympics: Siasia Promises U-23‘ll Reach Knockout Round

Samson Siasia, U-23 coach, has promised that the team will qualify for the knockout stage of the Rio Olympics football event.

The draw was conducted on Thursday with Nigeria drawn in group B alongside European champions, Sweden, Asian champion, Japan and Latin America qualifier, Colombia.

The first two teams in each group will qualify for the knockout stage of the Games football event.

Siasia, who attended the draw that held on Thursday, agreed that there were no easy opponents, saying that the group would still be a tough one.

“The group will be difficult but it is fair enough for us to qualify from, if we prepare very well for the competition. I am confident we will qualify from the group,” Siasia told Goal.

“Like I said, all the teams are tough there are no more easy teams to beat. It’s all about good preparation.

“We hope to prepare very well for the tournament and treat all teams equally with respect and map out our programmes and strategy. I am sure of qualification from the group with hard work from us.”

Nigeria will open her campaign against Japan on August 4 at the 41,000-seater Arena da Amazonia in Manaus. Sweden and Colombia will play the group’s first game.

Meanwhile, Siasia has raised the alarm over preparations for the Games.  His challenge is getting players in camp with four days left before the deadline of the submission of the squad list.

Siasia expressed worries that none of the 30 players invited have been given leave by their clubs to report in camp.