Siasia targets Rio Olympics Gold

Siasia targets Rio Olympics Gold
Siasia with the U23 AFCON last year . Will he also strike Gold in Rio?

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Apr 17, 2016. 00:56

Nigeria Olympic team coach Samson Siasia has said he hopes to clinch Gold at the Rio Olympics in August.

Nigeria won an historic Olympic Gold 20 years ago in Atlanta and Siasia said he could repeat the feat in Brazil.

"My target in Rio is to pick the gold medal having won the silver medal in Beijing in 2008, so when I get back to Nigeria, I will put heads together with my assistants to work out our preparations for the Games,” he disclosed

“I am confident that with the calibre of players at our disposal, we will achieve our goal."

Nigeria have been drawn against Sweden, Japan and Colombia in the first round of the competition.

Speaking from Rio de Janeiro after the draw, Siasia said there are no good or bad draws, and he believes his team will qualify from the group.

"For me, there is no good or bad draw, for all the teams played qualifiers to get here,” he maintained.

“Besides, the Group B that we are in has two continental champions alongside Nigeria, so I don't expect it to be a stroll in the park for us, but with quality preparations I am sure we will pick one of the tickets from this group.”

On the issue of which three over-aged players to select for the Games, Siasia said: "Yes, I already have in mind the three over aged players that I intend using at the Games. But I will not disclose their names for now as I think it's still too early to do so." Siasia is expected to return to the country this weekend.

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