A fierce contest is expected as the Nigeria U23 team, the Dream Team VI take on the Algeria U-23 team in their final group game at the ongoing Africa U-23 Championships.
Saturday’s clash in Dakar is quite tricky as avoiding defeat alone may not guarantee the Dream Team VI a place in the semi finals of the ongoing Africa U23 Championships.
Lacklustre performances in their first two outings now makes Saturday’s duel against Algeria more crucial as Nigeria cannot afford any more slip ups if they are to continue in the race for a place at next year’s men Olympic football event in Rio.
Fortunately, Coach Siasia is not oblivious of the major problem plaguing his team there are strong indications that some changes would be effected in his starting line-up against the Algerians on Saturday.
The Nigeria Coach has stated that he expects his players to step up their game as they all know what is at stake in Saturday’s crunch clash against the North African giants.
“I know the team has not done well so far. We could not hold our leads in the first two matches and we need to improve on our concentration. All these we are working on. Siasia assured.
He continued: “I am sure we will do better against Algeria. We have learnt lessons from Mali and Egypt and we know that to expect from Algeria. I know them and what they can do.
“They play mostly like the Egyptians. They like to play from the side and attack with many crosses. Their wing backs are always joining the attack, especially the left-wing.
“They like to play with fast-counter attacks. We are ready for them and I believe we will hold them. I am sure that we will qualify. We will qualify. The Nigeria Coach affirmed
On his part also, the Algeria’s under-23 national team coach, Pierre André Schurman has declared that his side will go all out for victory against Nigeria in Saturday’s last group match as they want to emerge group leaders heading into the semi-finals.
Algeria bowed 4-1 to Nigeria in the 2011 edition in Morocco, with Raheem Lawal netting a treble for Coach Austin Eguavoen’s side at Stade de Marrakech, but Schurman believes Saturday will bring a different story in favour of his country.