Nigeria’s U-23 Team Head Coach Samson Siasia warns that any of the selected foreign-based players for the Suwon Invitational Tournament in Korea who fails to report to camp on Wednesday, should forget about going to Brazil for the Olympic football event in August.
The coach, who is aiming to improve on the silver he won at the Beijing 2008 Games in China, will lead his dream team to the Suwon Invitational Tournament–which serves as part of the team’s preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As part of their build-up for the Suwon Invitational Tournament, the U-23 team is slated to play a friendly game against a local club on Thursday.
The ex-international, who gave the warning after the team’s training session on Monday at the FIFA Goal Project pitch, Abuja, was unhappy that most of the overseas-based players were yet to report to the team’s camp despite having arrived Nigeria from their various bases.
Speaking to thenff.com, Siasia warns;
“It is annoying that these boys have not placed the same importance I and other members of the technical crew have placed on the Olympics. I have information that aside one or two players who are involved in their team’s play-off games, the others have arrived the country but have just refused to report to camp.”
“If they don’t report to camp on time, how can I work on them to know their level of adaptability to my game plan? It’s frustrating sometimes. Except for Saturday Keigo who reported to camp on Sunday, the others have not bothered to report.”
He said that the only way he can select players for the Olympics is when they train together as a team, adding that no player will walk into his team without earning it.
The invited overseas-based players yet to report to camp are; team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, Germany-based striker Taiwo Awoniyi, RFC Seraing midfielder Sodiq Popoola, KV Oostende forward Saviour Godwin, ex-England U-17, U-18 and U-20 winger Nathan Oduwa, Turkey-based duo Stanley Amuzie and Azubuike Okechukwu, and Clube Desportivo Nacional midfielder Usman Mohammed.