Here are the reactions of the two coaches of the players involving a clash that led to Senegal 0 – 1 Nigeria.
Samson Siasia (Head Coach, Nigeria)
I’m very happy to win against Senegal again after the Africa Cup of Nations in 1992 and achieving our objective, which was to qualify for the Olympics. I think the ‘gods of football’ were with my team today because Senegal created most of the chances but they failed to score.
Emmanuel Daniel (Goalkeeper) kept us in the match as he made some brilliant saves today. On another day, we could’ve been embarrassed.
We did the best we could because we had lots of injuries heading into this match but I hope that Senegal can qualify to Rio so as to have a strong African representation in Brazil.
Creating chances and scoring them are different so I’m not concern that we allowed Senegal to have the best chances of the match.
Serigne Saliou Dia (Head Coach, Senegal)
I’m disappointed that we lost against Nigeria today which could’ve cemented our place in the final and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
We’re still close to obtaining our goal which is to qualify for Rio. I have to congratulate the boys. They played well but we were not lucky at all. We created so many chances but were not efficient in converting them.
The third-place match would be a second chance for us to qualify for the Olympics because that is our objective.