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Siasia's worst tournament

Matthew Kenyon
BBC Sport, Cairo.

Nigerian coach Samson Siasia
Samson Siasia is at a loss to explain his side's poor form in Egypt

Nigeria's under-20 coach Samson Siasia says this U-20 World Cup is "the worst tournament I have been in".

Following Nigeria's 2-0 loss to Spain, the coach said he did not know what to do to get his team firing.

In 2005 Siasia took Nigeria to second place in this competition and won Olympic silver at the Olympics in Beijing last year.

But he admits he's at a loss to explain his side's poor form in Egypt.

The Flying Eagles have been beaten by both Spain and Venezuela in Group B of the competition.

Whilst Nigeria have yet to register a point, they do still have a slim chance of going through as one of the best performing third-placed teams.

To have a chance of that they must score plenty of goals in their final game against Tahiti on Thursday.

Both Venezuela and Spain scored eight against the Pacific islanders, but goal scoring has been one of Nigeria's most acute problems here.

"My strikers can't score goals," Siasia said.

"That's my big problem. We had so many chances in the first half (against Spain) to put it away. I don't know what we have to do anymore."

"To me it's just been a very bad tournament," he said.

"That's something I have to go back to my house and think about, what actually went wrong because I believe we had the right players in the right positions, it just didn't work out well."

He also strongly criticised the standard of refereeing at the event.

Nigeria had the ball in the net against Spain, but the goal was ruled out for a supposed shove.

They also conceded a penalty and have had a player sent off in both matches so far.

"It's just ridiculous," the coach said.

Now he must gather a disappointed squad together for one match against Tahiti which will determine whether they have a chance of staying in Egypt beyond the end of the group stages.



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see also
Wasteful Nigeria go down to Spain
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Nigeria stunned in opener
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2009 Under-20 World Cup
26 Sep 09 |  African
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