Abuja - Coach of Nigeria’s national U23 team Samson Siasia
has expressed disappointment over the lackluster attitude of some Flying Eagles
players, and as a result issued Friday deadline to report to the team's camp or
forget about the invitation.
Goalkeeper Dele Alampasu, forward Taiwo Awoniyi and Captain
Musa Muhammed are among the home based Flying Eagles players invited by Siasia
for the African U-23 Championship qualifier between Nigeria and Congo,
scheduled for Sunday, July 19 at the National Stadium, Abuja.
Expressing anger at the attitude of the players to the
invitation, Siasia said he cannot understand why players who called to beg for
permission to see their families and rest a little (after the FIFA U20 World
Cup) would fail to report to camp after the one -week grace he granted.
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"No player can hold the nation to ransom. This attitude
of theirs is unprofessional. When the players arrived from the U-20 World Cup,
they called me to beg for a grace period to rest a little, which I did, and
they promised to report after one week. It is now more than one week and none
of them is around."
Siasia disclosed that the Friday deadline is to give the
players the benefit of doubt.
It would be recalled that Coach Siasia had invited Captain
Musa Mohammed, strikers Godwin Savior and Taiwo Awoniyi and goalkeeper Dele
Alampasu who are based at home to report to camp on Monday 22nd June, while the
overseas-based players Kingsley Sokari, Musa Yahaya, Kelechi Iheanacho and
Moses Simon have been given until two weeks to the African U-23 Championship
qualifier against Congo billed for Port Harcourt on July 19.
Already, Sharks FC defender Chima Akas and his Warri Wolves
counterpart, Semiu Liadi alongside the overseas-based Umar Aminu, Shehu
Abdullahi and Ikechukwu Okorie have all reported to camp, cutting short their
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