Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia has lauded his team after their 0-0 draw against Congo U23, which ensured they qualified for the 2015 African U23 Championship billed for Senegal.
The Dream Team VI were on the brink of elimination after winning the first leg 2-1, with Claude LeRoy’s team needing just a goal to scale through – but the Nigerians held their nerves to run away without conceding a goal.
Speaking after the game, coach Siasia praised his side for getting the job done – though, unhappy they missed some clear cut chances to score.
“Playing a match like this is always difficult, but then I knew our best tactics for this game was to go all out and attack, because if they scored a goal against us, we would be out of the race,” said Siasia as quoted by the NFF website.
“My boys did what I told them, but then we missed a couple of clear chances that are unpardonable. However, we did the job and we are into the African U-23 finals.”
Nigeria , Algeria, Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia, Senegal and Gabon will compete in the eight-team tournament that will take place in December in order to find Africa’s three representatives at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.