#RioOlympics2016: We want to play here until the last game – Siasia

The Olympics team coach, Samson Siasia has said the team is not ready to crash out at this stage of the competition, stating that the team wants to be in Brazil till the last game.

He spoke to Punch after the match against Columbia where the team lost 2-0 in the last group match.

“We still have a long way to go if we are to win a medal here but we must achieve by working hard and reducing our errors. We don’t want to go back home now or soon; we want to be on the pitch until the last game here,” he said.

The tactician said the team’s defence needs a total overhaul and blamed the loss to changes he made to the team.

He said, “Of course when you make too many changes, it won’t work the way you expected. If you lose, you go home, so all those mistakes we have been making mostly in the backline have to be corrected. We didn’t do a good job on the Colombian forwards. We really have to work harder on our defending.

“In the first half, we had a couple of good chances and Etebo had a very good one that he should have scored. But one good thing about him is that he always put himself in good positions. He didn’t score today; that’s football. Hopefully, in the next game, we can convert our chances and defend better.”

He added, “Colombia has always been a good team, in spite of the challenges they faced before coming to the Olympics. All the teams at this tournament are good; you just have to take your chances when you have them. The Colombians took their chances against us and are now in the quarter-finals.”

The team will face Denmark at the Arena Fonte Nova in their quarter-final game on Saturday.



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