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Nigeria lost concentration against Egypt, says Siasia

Nigeria lost concentration against Egypt, says Siasia

AFCON 2017

Super Eagles interim coach, Samson Siasia, has lamented his team lost concentration in dying minutes of the game against Egypt.

Mohamed Salah scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Egypt in Kaduna during a 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier on Friday.

“We lost concentration in the last two minutes of the game but we had a player down and we expected fair play. Sometimes fair play is not fair. But we should blame ourselves, not the Egyptians for the defeat,” Siasia said at a post-match press conference.

We lost concentration in the last two minutes of the game but we had a player down and we expected fair play. Sometimes fair play is not fair.

“Everything is possible; we lost due to lack of concentration. We can’t be playing against our opponents and allow them to score against us. That’s all. We can talk from now till tomorrow. We can’t go backward. We have to move forward, we have to get ourselves together and go to Egypt and win. There’s nothing we can do.” he added.

On the side lines of the match, the Kaduna stadium escaped a major crowd incident during the game.

Disgraceful scenes of over crowded stadium in #Kaduna where #Nigeria is facing #Egypt in #afcon2017 qualifiers 👎🏾👎🏾⚽ pic.twitter.com/5i09MUy7Zp

— Sulaiman Folarin (
sulaiman4real) March 25, 2016

A reported 40,000 spectators crammed into the Ahmadu Bello Stadium listed as a 16,000 capacity venue, after the gates were thrown open to fans for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Egypt.

Super Eagles continue to trail Group G leaders Pharaohs by two points, while Tanzania are back up to third in the table, three points adrift Egypt in the race to Gabon 2017.

The second leg is in Alexandra on March 29.