Under-23 coach, Samson Siasia, has assured the nation that the team will be fully prepared for the up-coming All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
The team has suffered from some inconsistent form of late, especially on home soil, causing a fair amount of concern over its readiness for the Games in September.
However, Siasia has pledged to improve the performances between now and the start of the tournament and is confident the team will be ready to achieve its aims at the tournament.
“We have some time between now and the All Africa Games and we will put in a lot of work to ensure the team gets better,” he said.
“We understand there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done and that is what we have to between now and then.
“For example, we need to improve our home form and that has to do with the player’s confidence.
“Sometimes they feel under too much pressure playing at home so we have to work on that.
“One thing people should remember too is that we are relatively a new team and it is going to take some time.
“We will need time and games to gel and these are the things we will do before the All Africa Games,” Siasia concluded.
Meanwhile, the team will go on break as from today, Friday, 17th April and resume on May 25.
Siasia advised the players not to see their qualification for the All-Africa Games as the ultimate, but to see it as a wakeup call to work harder and qualify for the Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next year. He disclosed that Nigerians will only accept them as true heroes if they qualify for both Games, as the nation has not qualified for the football event of these games at the same time for a very long time.
Siasia said any player who has not measured up will be dropped for those who can add value to the team, and that he intends to have a look at some overseas-based professional players who should be on break in May/June to see those who can bolster the squad.
He advised the players who intend going abroad to further their career to seek advice from the NFF and the coaches so that it would be inscribed in their contracts that they will be released any time the team has matches or tournaments to play.