Coach of the Nigeria U-23 team, Samson Siasia has promised to ring changes in his team as they prepare to go head-on against Denmark on Saturday in their second game at the on-going four-nation Suwon Invitational Tournament.
After the team’s training session at the Namdong Rugby Stadium training pitch on Friday, Siasia in a press statement said his team will give a better display against the Danish U-23 side.
“As part of our plan to give every player equal opportunity to stake a claim for a shirt going to the Rio Olympic Games, we will be giving all the players we brought to Korea a chance to play and be assessed on their own merit, so that none of them will complain of not getting enough time. In our game against Denmark on Saturday, we will definitely make changes in our starting eleven.
“This is one opportunity that we can’t let slip off our fingers as the NFF has given us a platform to play against three top teams going to the Olympics, so we must take full advantage of it and hopefully we will get the best legs to represent us in Rio.”
The U-23 Eagles were edged 1-0 to Korea on Thursday, but Siasia insists his players will take the positives from the defeat and use those as the inspiration against Denmark.
“We are not saying we are here to win the tournament as a matter of do or die, but we cannot afford to lose all our games as it will affect our morale going to Rio, so we must take our game a step higher than what we did against Korea,” Siasia added.
At the moment, there are no injury worries as all the players were involved in Friday’s training session.
Nigeria will be up against Denmark at the 41,000-capacity Goyang Sports Complex at 6pm local time on Saturday, which is 10am in Nigeria.