Samson Siasia believes Nigeria U23 were fortunate to beat Senegal 1-0 on Wednesday.
Etebo Oghenekaro’s second half penalty ensured the Dream Team VI brushed aside Serigne Saliou Dia’s at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor to reach the Rio 2016 Olympics and the final of the African U23 Championship.
“I’m very happy to win against Senegal again after the Africa Cup of Nations in 1992 and achieving our objective, which was to qualify for the Olympics,” Siasia said after the match.
“I think the ‘gods of football’ were with my team today because Senegal created most of the chances but they failed to score.
“Emmanuel Daniel kept us in the match as he made some brilliant saves today. On another day, we could’ve been embarrassed.
“We did the best we could because we had lots of injuries heading into this match but I hope that Senegal can qualify to Rio so as to have a strong African representation in Brazil.
“Creating chances and scoring them are different so I’m not concern that we allowed Senegal to have the best chances of the match,” he concluded.