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Siasia: We didn’t deserve to win U-23 trophy




NIGERIA’S Under-23 team National Team Coach Samson Siasia has dropped a bombshell by saying his team did not deserve to be champions of Africa if their preparations for the U-23 AFCON were anything to go by.

Nigeria beat Algeria 2-1 in Saturday’s final to clinch the second edition of the tournament, which also doubles as a qualifier for the Olympics.

The former Super Eagles coach said his team’s build-up to the U-23 AFCON was nothing to write home about.

“From how we prepared, we did not deserve to win anything. It was just a miracle we won,” lamented the coach.

“We had to manage everything, from kits to what have you, for the past one year.”

He added: “Motivating the boys was not easy at all, it was tough but thank God we survived it.”

Siasia’s team was criticised after the first two games for conceding two goals in the second half after a convincing lead in the first half.

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