Siasia Unhappy With Awoniyi, Others Over Late Arrival

Siasia Unhappy With Awoniyi, Others Over Late Arrival

Coach Samson Siasia has expressed displeasure over invited foreign-based players’ failure to report to the Nigeria U-23s Abuja camp ahead of the Suwon Invitational tournament in South Korea.

The foreign-based players who are yet to report to camp are Stanley Amuzie, Azubuike Okechukwu, Usman Mohammed, Sodiq Popoola, Saviour Godwin, Taiwo Awoniyi and Nathan Oduwa.

Speaking with, Siasia revealed that most of the players invited for the Suwon Tournament have arrived in Nigeria but are not willing to report to camp.

He said 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.

“It is annoying that these boys have not placed the same importance myself and other members of the technical crew have placed on the Olympics,” Siasia lamented.

“I have information that aside from one or two players who are involved in their clubs’ play-off games, the others have arrived the country but have just refused to report to camp.
“If they don’t report to camp in 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.”

Meanwhile, the U-23 Eagles will on Thursday play a friendly game with a local club side as part of its build-up for the Suwon Invitational Tournament.