–Siasia’s team’s training disrupted
Nigeria U23s were not allowed to train at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka ahead of their today’ All Africa Games qualifier second leg against Zambia.
According to the team’s media officer, Timi Ebikagboro, the lock out may be part of the effort or strategy to frustrate the coach Samson Siasia-led team to get the needed victory on Sunday.
The team later trained at Olympic Youth Development Center, Lusaka, instead of the National Heroes Stadium.
“Frustration, the Zambians playing it to the very letter, training meant for 3pm, moved to 4pm, up till now we are still looking 4 d pitch,” tweeted Ebikagboro.
“Players of Dream team not able to train as Zambian team training.
“Right now the Dream Team has been moved from the national stadium to the Olympic youth development centre Zambia.
“Training finally took place at the Olympic Youth Dev. Center .”
Meanwhile, Israeli club Hapoel Ra’anana have stopped Emmanuel Mbola and Evans Kangwa from featuring for Zambia U23s in an all-important All Africa Games qualifier against Nigeria.
Coach Fighton Simukonda called both full internationals for the game but they won’t be available.
According to FAZ communications manager, Nkweto Tembwe, said the Israeli club said the game does not fall on FIFA international games day.
“The bone of contention has been that the game is not on a FIFA-approved date, hence they have difficulties releasing the players,” he said.
“They are reluctant because they also have very important matches in Israel where they think the players would be helpful.”