Zaharaddeen Bello has warned his Dream Team VI teammates that they need to defend as a ‘unit’ if they want to get a win against host Senegal at the ongoing CAF U-23 Championships.
The defender is part of the youngest defence line in the competition with three of the Dream Team VI backline still 17-year-old’s but the Kano Pillars defender is optimistic about their chances.
‘We need to defend as a unit, Bello told 366football.com. ‘If we don’t stop them from the front it’s going to be difficult for defenders and midfields too.’
The defence came under heavy criticisms after they shipped in two goals each in their first two group matches from comfortable positions leading to a narrow 3-2 win against Mali and an edgy draw against Egypt.
‘People have to stop blaming defence department only because when we don’t have the ball everybody is a defender.’
The team earned a semifinal berth after Coach Samson Siasia’s $100 to the players inspired their first clean sheet of the competition as they played out a goalless draw against eventual group winners Algeria while Egypt lost 1-0 to Mali.