Coach of the Dream Team VI (Under 23 National Team), Samson Siasia has expressed his frustration on invited players for All-Africa Games slated for next month to the Nigeria Football Federation.
While speaking to thenff.com after a training session on Tuesday, the former Super Eagles player revealed that only eight of the invited players are presently in camp with him and others have not been released by their respective clubs despite giving permission to allow the players represent their clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League over the weekend.
“How can I prepare well for a competition as important as the All Africa Games when clubs in the local scene have refused to release their players for the camping exercise? We have barely two weeks to our first game and up till now I have only 8 players to work with.”
“Most of the club managers called to appeal that we allow their players play last weekend games, a request I approved, with an appeal to them that they should release the players on Monday. This is Tuesday and I still have not seen the players as most of them have called to say their clubs are holding on to them for mid-week games. This is not fair.”
Siasia also explained that some of the players that were invited had to leave camp to go join the Super Eagles camp as they were also invited by Sunday Oliseh for next month’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania.
The U-23 coach also took time out to appeal to the clubs of players invited to cooperate with his office in achieving success for the country as he is to provide a list of players to participate in the All-Africa Games in less than two weeks time.
The Eight Players Presently In Camp Are:
Segun Oduduwa, Sincere Seth, Ikechukwu Okorie, Oliseh Ndah, Etebong Elisha, Oladapo Augustine, Mohammed Yusuf and Abiodun Akande.
According to thenff.com, Siasia has invited 3 more players which are;
Stephen Eze (Sunshine Stars), Lawal Shittu (Giwa FC) and Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC).
The three players are expected to report to camp by Thursday after their mid-week NPFL games.