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Siasia to build around Iheanacho

28 October 2014, 16:26

Lagos - Newly-appointed Nigeria Under-23 head coach Samson Siasia has stated that he will make Kelechi Iheanacho the centrepiece of his squad for the Olympic qualifying campaign.

Iheanacho was the star of the Under-17 World Cup which Nigeria won last year in the UAE and earned a move to Premier League side Manchester City following his exploits at the tournament.

Siasia, who was recently tasked with the mission of securing the Under-23 side's place at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, says he will build his team around the 17-year-old.

Also read: NFF appoints Siasia U23 coach

"The team will certainly be built around most of the U17 players that won the last World Cup especially somebody like Kelechi Iheancho," the former Super Eagles midfielder said.

"The truth is that the boy is good and has the heart of a great player, so all we need do is to encourage him to excel.

"Also there will be a good representation of those playing their football here in Nigeria because those ones will be ready at all times to report for national duty, but they must have to be quality players who can hold their own against any player from abroad.

"One good thing today is that our league is beginning to attract some quality players who are doing well in their various clubs.

"Even though such players are at home they are equally good and so must be encouraged by giving them the confidence they need to be at their best," he added.

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