The Nigeria U 23 team, the Dream Team VI will going for their second win on the bounce as they take on the Egypt U 23 team for a place in the semi finals of the ongoing Africa U23 Championships in Senegal.
Victory is bound the take Nigeria closer to qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics Men’s football event as the country is keen to stage a return having missed out in the London 2012 edition.
The Coach Samson Siasia tutored side despite their shaky start against Mali still did enough to garner maximum points with their 3-2 win and with a promise of a better display in Wednesday night’s clash in M’Bour , the Dream Team VI are on course for a semi final ticket.
Expectedly, the Egyptians have promised to come out firing from all cylinders when the match kicks off at the Caroline Faye Stadium, but Siasia, who won Nigeria a silver medal in the men’s football tournament of the 2008 Olympics in China, has maintained that he is taking it one match at a time.
The Nigeria Coach at his pre-match press conference held at the Caroline Faye Stadium said the mission is strictly victory over the loud-mouthed Egyptians.
“We were damn lucky in our first game against Mali, after watching that game again, all I can say is that this is not Christmas yet and as such my players cannot give out free gifts, because if we do that against an organised side like Egypt who are good in set pieces, then we are finished”
“Our target is to go all out and attack, attack, attack, because that is our strong point, then we will work on our defence line, so that we don’t give out cheap and easy passes to our opponents”
On his part, Egypt’s U-23 manager Hossam El-Badry confessed his wary of the Nigeria team, the coach added that he is expecting a tough contest.
“The Nigeria match will be tough as both teams combine very skilled and talented players and because it’s the second game of the tournament,” the 55-year-old tactician told the Egyptian Football Association official website.
After a 1-1 draw against Algeria on Sunday in the opener, the former Ahly manager believes that his side still have a chance in the competition as there are two games remaining in the group phase.
“We need to win the game to keep our hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive in an attempt to win it and snatch the Rio ticket,” El-Badry added.
The game against the junior pharaohs of Egypt comes up Wednesday 6.45 pm Nigerian time at the Caroline Faye Stadium, M’Bour.
The Dream Team VI are present top in Group B with three points, while Egypt and Algeria are on one apiece, and Mali pointless.