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Siasia blames defenders, slams lack of fair play
Nigeria manager Samson Siasia has blamed his players after conceding a last-gasp equaliser against Egypt, saying it was down to their “loss of concentration”.
The Pharaohs clinched a 1-1 draw in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna, after AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah scored the equaliser in the dying minutes of the match.
“It was a game we could have won but we drew because of loss of concentration,” said Siasia after the match.
“You don’t leave a dangerous player like Salah alone. I blame the defenders; you don’t lose concentration in the dying seconds of the game,” he added.
Siasia went on to slam Egypt’s players, saying they failed to abide by the fair play rules. “It was supposed to be fair play because one of our players was injured but they chose not to play fair play and they scored,” he explained.
The interim coach however remains optimistic ahead of the return-leg at Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria on Tuesday, saying that his team have no choice but to win the upcoming encounter.
“We haven’t thrown in the towel yet and we are going to Alexandria to beat Egypt and go top,” he said.
“We have to move forward after today’s game. Moving forward is that we have to get ourselves together and try to go to Egypt and win. This is a game of football when anything can happen. So we will go out there and try and win in Egypt,” he concluded.
Egypt now lead Group G with seven points, two points clear of the Super Eagles who occupy the second place. Tanzania sit third with four points, while Chad are left with no points at the bottom of the group.