Samson Siasia, the head coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, has disclosed that he wanted to avoid hosts Senegal in the semi-final stage at the ongoing U-23 African Nations Cup.
Nigeria will face the Junior Terrenga Lions on Wednesday, for a place in the final of the tournament.
According to Siasia, the most important thing is that his team are just a step into the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Speaking with CAF website, he said: “The most important was to qualify and we have achieved it.”
“We wish we could garner the three points but I’m happy with qualifying and getting closer to Rio de Janeiro.
“I would have preferred to play Senegal in the final but I have to do at the semis. It will be a great match because they will have the public behind them and we have to play and win.
“At the Africa Cup of Nations in 1992, I scored here [Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium], and this is why most Senegalese remember me. I will be around my players to repeat it [on Wednesday].”
Nigeria’s Dream Team VI will file out against hosts Senegal on Wednesday for a place in the final.