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Siasia: We inherited a broken team

Posted on March 30, 2016

Super Eagles interim coach has expressed his disappointment with ’s elimination from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) following their defeat against Egypt on Tuesday.

Ramadan Sobhy’s 65th-minute winner put an end to Nigeria’s dreams of qualifying for the in Gabon. This will be the second consecutive time where the Super Eagles miss the AFCON, after they failed to qualify for the 2015 tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

“Egypt deserved to win in the Alexandria game. I congratulate them for the victory and I thank Nigeria’s players for their performance,” Siasia told the reporters after the game.

“We are very disappointed. We couldn’t do it,” the 48-year-old coach added.

Siasia, who was appointed as an interim coach after the resignation of Sunday Oliseh, discussed the reasons behind his side’s loss.

“We inherited a broken team, which we couldn’t fix. We only amended it,” he explained.

“We were not lucky right from the first game in Kaduna, but that’s what God wanted it to be, we can’t question God,” he added.

Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Kaduna after AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah managed to equalise in the 91st minute, before losing 1-0 in Alexandria.

With only one game remaining, it became impossible for the Super Eagles to make up their five-point deficit to first-placed Egypt. The win however cemented Egypt’s position on top of Group G, putting them on the verge of playing in the 2017 AFCON.


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