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Players form cause serious headache for Siasia

05 November 2015, 08:55

Abuja - Ex-international, Samson Siasia who is in charge of the National U23 team has been forced to be very cautious while he comes up with his final selection to the African U23 Championship scheduled for November 28 in Senegal.

Last week, it was a frustrated Siasia who cried out that his camp was empty due to clubs’ incessant demand for their players to report for club duties. This week, the story has changed as the former Super Eagles’ Head Coach is now faced with the problem of selecting the 30 players who will make his list to Morocco, where the team will have a final camping before proceeding to Senegal for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations starting on 28 November.  

All invited 35 home -based players were at the team's training session on Tuesday evening, with competition intense as all struggled to impress as the list of 30 are soon to be compiled. The session was so charged that Siasia himself had to tell the players to take things easy so as to avoid injuries.

Also read: Angry Siasia spits fire, we are not prepared for Olympics qualifier

Expressing satisfaction with the players in camp, an elated Siasia said: “For now, all I can say is that I am very happy with what I have seen as the players came back from their club engagements fully refreshed and ready to do the nation proud. The NFF has also responded positively to my cry for the release of these players so we can prepare properly for the big task of picking one of Africa’s tickets for the football event of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 

"I must confess that selecting the 30 players who will be departing the shores of this country for Morocco are giving me and my assistant’s real headaches, but this is a positive headache which at the end of the day will enable us to select only the best that will fly the nation’s flag with gusto." 

Meanwhile, the Dream Team will on Thursday at the National Stadium, Abuja trade tackles with newly promoted NPFL club Niger Tornadoes of Minna. The encounter is expected to kick off at 4pm. On Saturday morning, the team will engage C.O.D FC of Lagos.

- News24


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