—Team To Play Tornadoes, COD In Friendlies
Samson Siasia is happy with the turnout of players for his training camp in preparation for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.
But the U-23 Eagles coach has admitted it will be tough selecting the squad for the final preparations in Morocco from the pool of talent available to him.
Incidentally, Siasia only last week, cried out that his camp was empty due to clubs’ incessant demand for their players to report for club duties.
However, all invited 35 home-based players were at the team's training session on Tuesday evening, with competition intense as all struggled to impress as the list of 30 for the pre-AFCON camping in Morocco is soon to be compiled.
The session was so charged that Siasia himself had to tell the players to take things easy so as to avoid injuries, thenff.com reports.
“For now, all I can say is that I am very happy with what I have seen as the players came back from their club engagements fully refreshed and ready to do the nation proud," Siasia told the official website of Nigeria Football Federation.
"The NFF has also responded positively to my cry for the release of these players so we can prepare properly for the big task of picking one of Africa’s tickets for the football event of next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"I must confess that selecting the 30 players who will be departing the shores of this country for Morocco is giving myself and my assistants real headache, but this is a positive headache which at the end of the day will enable us select only the best that will fly the nation’s flag with gusto."
Meanwhile, the U-23 Eagles will on Thursday at the National Stadium, Abuja face newly promoted NPFL club Niger Tornadoes of Minna. The encounter is expected to kick off at 4pm.
On Saturday morning, the team will engage C.O.D FC of Lagos.
FULL LIST OF PLAYERS IN U-23 CAMP
1. Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers)
2. Yusuf Mohammed (Kano Pillars)
3. Emmanuel Iwu (Heartland FC)
4. Segun Oduduwa (Nath Boys)
5. Sincere Seth (Rhapsody Academy)
6. Erhun Obanor (Abia Warriors)
7. Daniel Etor (Enyimba FC)
8. Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves)
9. Godwin Aguda (Enugu Rangers)
10. Usman Mohammed (FC Taraba)
11. Ndifreke Effiong (Abia Warriors)
12. Chukwuebuka Iroha (Diamond FC)
13. Austine Oladapo (FC IfeanyiUbah)
14. Christian Pyagbara (Sharks FC)
15. Stanley Dimgba (Warri Wolves)
16. Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba FC)
17. Godspower Effiong (Kano Pillars)
18. Ifeanyi Mathew (El -Kanemi Warriors)
19. Bright Onyeadikachi (FC IfeanyiUbah)
20. Prince Aggrey (Sunshine Stars)
21. Mustapha Abdullahi (Sportlight FC)
22. Bature Yaro (Nasarawa United)
23. Zaradeen Bello (Kano Pillars)
24. Ahamefule Chizoba
25. Seun Olulayo (Sunshine Stars)
26. Tiongoli Tonbara (Bayelsa United)
27. Kufre Ebong (Warri Wolves)
28. Kingsley Eduwo (Sunshine Stars)
29. Abubakar Aliyu
30. Anaezemba Nzube (Enyimba FC)
31. Charles Chukwudi (Plateau United)
32. Daniel Enmanson (Akwa United)
33. Ibrahim Alhassan (Hearts FC)
34. Chisom Chikatara (Abia Warriors)
35. Adebayo Ajadi (36 Lions)