Nigeria U-23s coach Samson Siasia has assured Nigerians that his team will fight for a bronze medal finish in the football event of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Nigeria team were humbled 2-0 by Germany in the semifinals but still have a chance on Saturday to leave the Games on a high.
Siasia spoke FIFA.com ahead of the 3rd place final against Honduras and admitted that his team were second best against the efficient Germans.
“We didn’t play well in the match [against Germany]. “We’ve been playing better than what we showed against Germany. There were too many mistakes from us. The Germans are a very good side and they are tactically very, very sound.
“They were running behind and we couldn’t defend them. We did have chances in the first half to score but we didn’t utilise them. That’s what it is in football. If you get to this stage, you have to take your chances.
“We need to play [against them] the same way we’ve been playing,” Siasia said. “There were too many mistakes and against a German side like we came up against, if you don’t utilise your chances, it becomes a problem and that’s what actually happened. It was a learning experience. We’re all learning every day.”
The former Nigeria international who starred in the USA 94 World Cup however promised his team will be going all out to win bronze against the Honduras side who suffered an embarrassing to a 6-0 defeat to hosts Brazil.
“We still have something to play for,” Siasia continued. “We didn’t deserve to win against Germany with the way we played, so we should just forget about it and look forward to the next one and at least we will try to have the bronze medal going back home.
“You’re better off having a bronze medal than not having anything at all.
“What did we want? We wanted the gold medal and that’s what we were shooting for. They came out without reservation and went all the way and tried to see if they could get it.
“Everything in life is a learning process. If you find yourself at a stage like this again, you want to do better. It’s all about the bronze now. You don’t want to go home without anything.”