Dream Team VI Chief Coach Samson Siasia has sounded it loud and clear that he won’t be relying on the foreign based professional players to prosecute the 2015 All African Games qualifiers since the competition is not spelt out in FIFA’S calendar.
Siasia disclosed in Abuja shortly after the team’s evening screening exercise that in as much as he extended invitations to 47 pros he knew quite well that it won’t be easy securing the release of these players for the qualification matches of the African tournament.
He also boasted that he had screened a lot of players and has gotten a number of quality players to start work with in earnest. He confessed that they have at least about 40 quality players already screened and could form a strong home based squad.
“I think I need to make these clarifications that we are not relying solely on the foreign based players to form the team that would prosecute the All African Games and other competitions that the team would be playing.
“But I consider it proper to give opportunities all Nigerian players within the age bracket home and abroad, a reason why I screened about 1,000 players here in Abuja already. With the caliber of players we have penciled down from the exercise I believe we will mould a good team that would be a pride of all.
“So I expect at least some of the invited players from abroad to come for the exercise but if they refused to come for the exercise I think we have enough pool here to do the work and deliver too. I have seen good players here already but like I always say it is elimination by substitution until we get the players that can play the way we want them to play and that can as well form a solid team that can give us the result we crave for”, Siasia disclosed.
So far two foreign based players have been training with the U- 23 national team for the past four days and they are: Aminu Umar, a midfield player with Samsunspor FC, Turkey, and another midfielder, Samuel. M. Ayinoko who plays for Angelholms FC of Sweden.—The Nation