Abuja - Players of the Flying Eagles invited to the national
U23 team ahead of next month’s CAF U23 championship qualifier are yet to join
the team as at Friday morning, News24 can confirm.
The quintet of Dele Alampasu, Musa Muhammed, Godwin Saviour,
Kingsley Sokari and Taiwo Awoniyi were called up to join the Dream Team VI
after Nigeria’s ouster from the FIFA U20 World Cup and were given a week’s
grace, but almost two weeks later, News24 can confirm that none of the players
have arrived the team’s Abuja camp.
Head Coach, Samson Siasia had set a deadline for today
earlier in the week, saying ‘no player can hold the nation to ransom’, when the
players failed to show up when the one week grace given them lapsed.
Also read: Angry Siasia issues deadline to Awoniyi, Alampasu
Siasia was quoted as saying on Wednesday that ‘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’.
Meanwhile, the team’s spokesperson, Timi Ebikagboro, who
also confirmed the players’ absence to News24, however said he’s optimistic
they will be around by evening.
“They’re not here yet but there’s still a lot of time and I
think they should be here for the evening training,” Ebikagboro said.
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