NO PLAYER GUARANTEED AUTOMATIC SHIRT FOR OLYMPICS
Coach Samson Siasia has affirmed that no player is guaranteed a shirt in his squad for the men’s football tournament of this year’s Olyimpics, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The former Super Eagles’ manager has also disclosed that the African champions will commence preparations for the Rio Olympics in the first week of February.
Speaking from his base in the United States of America, where he is presently on vacation, Siasia disclosed that himself and his assistants will use the February camping in Abuja to see any new player could add value to the team that won the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal last month.
Sia one added that,since Nigeria qualified for the football event of the Rio Olympics, a lot of players both at home and abroad have been calling saying they want to play for the country, so he has decide to use the first week of camping to see the players who will bear the cost of their trip to the camp and accommodate themselves. Anyone selected will now be added to the players list who made the Nation proud in Senegal for a full camping. He emphasized that no player is guaranteed a shirt in the team yet, insisting only the best legs will make it to Rio De Jainero.
Siasia, who also led the U-20 boys to the African title and runner-up position at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in The Netherlands in 2005, stated that he intends to utilize all the FIFA windows available to him and his technical crew in seeing players at close range.
For now, he plans to utilize fully all the FIFA windows beginning with the one in March, with the hope of taking players selected to an accessible country in Europe where all the overseas -based players can come with ease, play one or two friendly games and then have them return to their respective club-sides.
The former Super Eagles’ captain added that, he has not made up his mind on the issue of which over -aged player(s) to take to the Olympics.