By Rachael Ugiagbe


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has of today, October 21 notified all league clubs whose players are with the Dream Team VI that from on Sunday, October 25 no player will be released from camp to honour any league match until further notice.

In a statement signed by NFF deputy general secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme disclosed that the notification was necessary in view of the fact that the Africa U23 Cup of Nations billed for Senegal later this year, is just around the corner and that the competition will determine Nigeria’s qualification for the Men Football event of next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The statement averred that it is indeed worrisome that due to the regular request by clubs for their players for weekly league matches, the coaches of the Dream Team VI hardly have 10 players to work with at a time, while adding that it is unaccceptable by the Football Federation.

As a result of the notification, the rules guiding the release of players from the national camp will be fully implemented, meaning rescheduling of league matches [where a team has more than four players in camp] or two players to be released and non-release of players where a team has not more than two players.

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