Former Nigeria coach Johannes Bonfrere say he believes Samson Siasia can lead the Dream Team VI to win the 2016 Olympics men’s football event.
Siasia guided the Nigeria U23 team to win the 2015 Caf U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal which gave them an automatic spot to represent Africa at next year’s multisport event in Rio.
The country failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London after crashing out in the group stage of the Africa U23 championship in Morocco.
According to the Dutch who led the country to win the 1996 Olympics football gold medal in the United States of America, Siasia has what it takes to lead the team to the 2016 Olympics men’s football gold in Brazil if they have good preparation.
“To be honest, I don’t know much about the team, but I believe Samson can help them win the gold medal in Rio,” Bonfrere told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“He has done well with the youth sides in the past and his experience will be vital for Nigeria in Brazil.
“But there are a lot of things that will still come into play, like getting a good draw and preparing well for the competition.
“If they are lucky and get things right, they can win it again.”
It is noteworthy that Siasia led the country’s U23 side to a silver medal finish at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.