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Is Siasia Right Having U20 Players In The U23 Eagles’ Camp?

Is Siasia Right Having U20 Players In The U23 Eagles’ Camp?

Dream Team VI coach Samson Siasia invited to his screening camp a couple of the Flying Eagles players whom coach Manu Garba would need for the 2015 African Youth Championship in Senegal.

Former Golden Eaglets starlets Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success are some of the players that catch the fancy of Siasia, but there is clearly a conflict of interest. This has raised concerns over the possible results both teams could achieve in their respective assignments in 2015.

Siasia has admitted to being under pressure in the discharge of his duties of screening players suitable for the U23 national team.

Over 100 home-based and foreign-based players have been invited to the Dream Team camp and there are more expected to be invited for further screening exercises.

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There have been calls in some quarters for Siasia to concentrate strictly on the players he has been inviting for screenings and overlook those that are working with Manu Garba for the U20 assignments.

What is your opinion about Siasia’s desire to work with some of the players who are expected to play at the African Youth Championship in 2015?

Should players like Kelechi Iheanacho, Musa Mohammed, Isaac Success, Chidera Eze, Chidiebere Nwakili etc play for all age-grade national teams as long as they are within the age limits? Will that be worthwhile considering the physical demand of such dual national team commitment on their fitness and health?

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  • Honesty 7 years ago

    There we go AGAIN.Complete sports and other Detractors have started their malicious ways of distracting the Coaches( especially SIASIA) and Crew from their jobs. Please leave SIASIA alone. Let him call whoever he deems fit for his assignment. Ahmed Musa played for the Under 20, Under 23 and now he is one the best Super Eagles’ Players we have. Please STOP all these WICKED ACTS of trying to confuse this man. Thanks

  • I don’t think it is a good idea for coach Samson Siasia to invite some of the U-20 players considering that they will also play their own competion and as we can see the U-23 game is coming first so as not to affect their physical strength when the are playing their own competition. They may not have the strength to play two competion in six month and as we know they are the key players in the U-20 team, so they should think twice before doing it.

  • It is absolutely unnecessary to invite above mentioned players to SIASIA U23 team, we as a nation have not define our motive in participation in these underaged competitions, if the interest is to win the competition and NOT to develop new talents for super eagles let SIASIA have all his players as foreign based and win the competition.


  • The age grade competetions did not specify any age lower bracket. A 18, 19 or even 20 year old person can play for the U23
    team if he is good enough and their playing dates do not colide. It only requires understanding of the coaches involved.
    Afterall, it is all for the betterment of the country. Note also that some good players started playing for their countries senior
    team from the ages of 17 and 18yrs.

  • The age grade competetions did not specify any underage age limit. An 18, 19 or even 20yr old very good player can play for
    for the U23. It only requires good understanding between the coaches involved. Afterall some very good players started
    playing for their senior national teams from the ages of 17 or 18yrs. For me there is nothing wrong if the dates of their
    competetion do not colide.

  • Essexgod 7 years ago

    The questions, in this article are pertinent but are rather irrelevant simply because while those aforementioned players are eligible to play for Nigeria in the U23, there shouldn’t be conflicting interest when doing so.
    All that needs to be done are grey areas of which players are needed by which team should be sorted out by the NFF, in conjunction with the two coaches involved.

    Definitely not all the aforementioned players, would be needed by Manu Garba. He now has incredible pool of players to choose from.
    A product of relentless and persistent scrutiny of player selection process: a work ethic, Siasia, should cultivate, in this new assignment.

    Some might say, Samson Siasia, hasn’t got enough time to assemble a formidable squad but I disagree. He’s got the luxury of selecting from a stream of talented players, all he needs to do is to mold them into a winning team. It’s a test to showcase his pedigree as a seasoned coach and cement his reputation as one.
    Besides, Siasia, has got the support and encouragement of the NFF, so he should at this time, be seen to be concentrating on his new team and only call up those established youngest, for fortification of his team not as the building blocks.

    Manu Garba, is doing a tremendous job, and I foresee him becoming the next “Big Deal”, in African Football.

  • elewure 7 years ago

    Siasia,to me,has absolute rigt to invite whoever he thinks will assist his team.He did not invite all of the players you mentioned,only he spoke passionately about Iheanacho, Issac Success and Musa Yahaya.These three are playing for top teams like man.city,Granada in Spain and Tottenham in England. so i dont think they are ripe for the assignment. Allow Siasia to do his job after all we are not coaches.Pele Maradona, Ronaldo and many notable world stars started playing for their national teams at tender ages.

  • I don’t really think there is a cause for conflict if the essence of age grade competition is to discover and nurture talents for the senior team and not necessarily to win at such levels. To me, players like Success and Iheanacho have already proven themselves as future materials for the Super Eagles. The faster they move to that position, the better for the country. As far as I am concerned, keeping them still as under-20 players is robbing some other players the chance to be discovered and robbing Iheanacho and co the opportunity of long stay in the senior national team. But there is nothing wrong if they can serve the two teams because Manu Garba will also need their experience. The two coaches can work it out.

  • Adam Dan MeDoki 7 years ago

    no, he have to leave the younger star to ply with there mate, and gives our home base opportunity to play.

  • Isaac Akinmoyede 7 years ago

    The important thing is for both Siasia and Manu Garba to sit down and work things out because they are both working for the success of the country. Players like Ihenacho, Musa Mohammed, Isaac Success et al are fantastic players that will one day grow up to play in the senior national team. They need to be adequately exposed and this they can get from age group competitions. They are over 18 years of age now and we should intensify the process of grooming them for the Super Eagles.
    The completions that they will take part in do not overlap. In other words there are separate dates for this competitions I.e. The All African Games, U-20 African Championships, U-20 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. There is no reason therefore why they can not take part in both the U-20 and U-23 activities injury permitting.
    At the various European clubs they are still considered as too young and are used sparingly. Lionel Messi suffered the same fate with Barcelona until he played and excelled at the U-20 World Cup and it was then his club started reckoning with him. Therefore, participation at age group competitions translated to growth and improvement and also brings about more fame.
    Finally, I have been watching closely the way screening of the players is going on at all levels i.e. U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. All these screenings are being done in Abuja and the friendly matchess were organized for the teams with teams from the North. As a result, most of the players in the three age grades are from the North. The national team selectors should move round the geo-political zones and look for players. They should not sit back in Abuja and expect players to start transporting themselves all the way from Ajegunle in Lagos, from Abeokuta, Ibadan, Warri, Yenagoa, Calabar, Port-harcourt and Ilorin to Abuja. We have quite a number of talents in these afore-mentioned cities and more who may not be discovered except the coaches more their screening base there.

  • Good day sir, yes to your question on whether Siasia is right to inclue the uder20 players in his team. we nigerian does love our country as claimed, but others did. this is no issue as to discuse about, for Aguero of Argentine played two time for his great country. and if siasia could include these boy into his team, iot is a very big up gradement for nigeria the boys too. for this shall help sharppen the boys and exposed them too so you people should allow sIASIA to do his job. more so you people should only help him to succssed.

  • Don Anthony 7 years ago

    @sesan and @Warren lace, you are both on point. Well done for talking sense into some shallow minded people. It is this win at all cost mentality that has caused the current decay in Nigerian football. Why do they want to use Iheanacho for instance in two different age grade teams the same calendar year? The world already knows that Iheanacho is an emerging young talent. Why limiting the opportunities that ordinarily would go to other hidden talents by playing him in two age grade teams the same year?

    Again, these young players are humans oo, not machines. Their physical and mental fitness are under pressure at their clubs duties,. and now their country want threaten their well being by demanding dual national assignments in one season. Nawaoo for Naija.

  • Ola Segun 7 years ago

    They don start again. NFF people and the national team coaches lack ideas on how serious countries develop their football. NFF should set the parameters which the coaches should play. In their mind them wan move forward, but in practical them don put the reverse gear. The lads who played in the last U17 World Cup should progress to the U20 now. Siasia should go round and discover talents for the U23 team.

  • Felix A Adams 7 years ago

    Is a welcome development if the competitions didnt clash and d players are fit and willing to serve their fatherland.

  • Lanre Robert 7 years ago

    There are quite some people here did not read through the article before talking trash. I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s up to you to say your points on where you stand.

    Must we subject an exceptional talent like Kelechi Iheanacho to so much stress, featuring in both the u20 and U23 team the same year?
    He should be in either the U23 or Super Eagles alone.

    I remember that Michael Owen was an under20 in 1999 when Nigeria hosted the FIFA U20 World Cup that year. He was already hot playing for England senior team. They include him in their U20 team because another unknown player had to be discovered. There are other examples like that around the world.

    In addition, Nigeria should not just desperately prepare for a tournment to win it. Age grade competitions is a developmental platform. But history has shown that Nigeria gather over age players to win, and after that those players don’t stand the test of times.