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Rio Olympics: Justify your selection – Siasia tells reserve players

Rio Olympics: Justify your selection - Siasia tells reserve players

Nigeria U-23 coach, Samson Siasia, has asked players selected for Wednesday’s match against Colombia to justify their selection for the tournament by playing well against the South Americans.

The Dream Team have already qualified for the quarterfinals of the Olympic football event after victories against Japan and Sweden, prompting Siasia to rest some regulars in the final group B match.

The coach said the decision to rest some regulars he was underrating the Colombians.

Siasia said, “I had to take this decision because we have qualified for the quarter finals as group leaders, and secondly I need to rest some of the starters because in the next phase there is a possibility of going into extra time.

“For now the boys have done well and I need to make the other players justify why I selected them for this tournament. This is not a tea party so everyone must stand up to be counted, and the only way they can be counted is if they play well against Colombia. Resting some starters does not mean we are underrating the opposition.”

Coach Siasia also disclosed that the technical crew is working hard on the defence line, as the knockout stages will see stingy defence –lines complemented by vicious attacking lines.


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