Olympic Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has tipped Senegal to beat South Africa in Saturday’s third place match at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium.
Siasia admitted that his side were lucky to have nicked one of the three tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympics following their 1-0 win against Senegal in the semi-finals on Wednesday said the Senegalese were better, but lost because of their inability to convert their chances.
“I’m very happy to win against Senegal again after the African Cup of Nations in I992 and achieving our objective, which was to qualify for the Olympics,” Siasia told reporters after the game played at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium.
“I think the gods of football were with my team today because Senegal created most of the chances, but failed to score.”
“Emmanuel Daniel kept us in the match as he made some brilliant saves today. On another day, we could have been embarrassed.
“We did the best we could because we had lots of injuries heading into this match, but I hope Senegal can qualify to Rio so as to have a strong African representation in Brazil.
“Creating chances and scoring them are different, so I’m not concern that we allowed Senegal to have the chances of the match.”