The Dream Team VI trainer has asked the NFF to either get him more warm up matches or camp the team abroad before their first game in a fortnight
Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia has asked the Nigeria Football Federation to get at least two more international friendly matches before the All African Games’ qualifier away to Gabon on February 22.
Siasia, Goal learnt, also said that he would have preferred to camp his team outside the country for proper concentration and in order to avoid unnecessary distractions but lack of funds facing the NFF has stalled the move.
So he is desperate to play at least two more international friendly matches outside the shores of Nigeria to continue to perfect his strategies for his team.
“We have an important date with Gabon on their soil in two weeks and what I don’t want for my team for now is distractions. So I would have preferred a situation where we camp outside the shores of this country for proper concentration and to perfect out strategies for the match,” Siasia said.
“We have quality players in this team but we are teaching them the way we want them to play for us and we have been facing a lot of distractions here in Abuja where we are camping.
“So right now we need to go somewhere where we can have full concentration with the players. But the Federation is currently facing the problem of lack of funds so I don’t know if we will be able to camp outside for the first qualifying match.
“If that can’t be done then we will need to play at least two more international friendly matches to put the boys in competitive frame of mind.
“The Tunisia friendly and the Super Six did a lot for the psychology and fitness level as well as the tactical aspect of the game. But we still need to perfect other technical aspects to be ready for Gabon match”, he disclosed.