The Nigerian Super Eagles Chief coach, Samson Siasia has issued a March 21st deadline to all Nigerian players based abroad, to return to Kaduna for the first leg of the double header of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifying matches between host Nigeria and visiting Pharaohs of Egypt.
Siasia, who also doubles as the Dream Team VI handler, told Sportinglife that it was important for every player invited for the two matches to report to camp on the latest stipulated date for them to have some time to adapt to the hot weather condition in Kaduna and to be able to get used to the philosophy and tactical aspect of the game.
Recall: Coach Siasia already barred defender Segun Oduduwa and midfielders Stanley Dimgba and Usman Mohammed from showing up at the Bolton White Apartments camp of the Super Eagles, after they reported late to the camp of the U-23 team without earlier permission.
The Super Eagles coach also expressed his confidence in Eagles players noting that though it would be a tough match against the Egyptians in Kaduna, his players will have to apply another strategy to outwit the five times Africa Nations Cup winners at their backyard in Alexandria.
According to him, training is already in full force since they don’t have to await the arrival of Mikel Obi and the other foreign based Super Eagles players.
“The spirit in camp is very good and everybody is fighting hard to snatch a shirt in the team. We don’t have to wait for the foreign based players to come before starting work. The home based players are professional players too and they are used to the weather here which may be another big deciding factor. If they do well at the training they have a big chance of playing against Egypt.
So the deadline for the foreign based to come to camp should be March 21 because we will move to Kaduna the next day.”