Nigeria U-23 chief coach, Samson Siasia has declared that despite their not too impressive performance at the recently concluded Suwon Tournament in the Korea Republic where they lost two out of the three matches they played, said the tournament has its positive sides.
Speaking with 2muchsports.com shortly on arrival, Siasia noted that the tournament has indeed opened their eyes to the areas they would have to pay attention to as they prepare to head to Rio for the football event of the Olympics Games.
“We have learnt our lessons and it’s a good thing we went there (to South Korea). This is not the Rio 2016 Olympics proper which is good. Now we can weigh our performance with the Europeans and the others coming for the Games in Brazil.
“The good thing again is that we have the video tapes of the teams we played at the Suwon Tournament and we now know how to prepare for them since the three teams represents the types of the teams we will play against in our group. So like I said we have learnt from our mistakes and we are going to try and get a better team going to the Olympics”, Siasia vowed.
Despite refusing to talk on the state of their welfare, 2muchsports.com gathered from other members of team that the players and officials were not paid a dime by the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation for the trip. They said they were only fed by the organizers of the tournament, with no allowance attached to it.