By Bamidele Boluwaji:
Nigeria U-23s coach Samson Siasia has told the Nigeria Football Federation that he will begin preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in February next year as the list of players that will make the first phase camping will be sent to the football house in January, Completesportsnigeria.com can report.
The former Nantes FC of France striker who led Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles to win the recently concluded CAF U-23 African Cup of Nations in Senegal has also rejected a proposal to play a friendly match in January, saying he needed time to rest after the efforts he put in to win the U-23 AFCON.
According to a very reliable source in the football house, the federation wanted Siasia to play a friendly match with Qatar in January but he rejected the proposal and maintained that he can only open his camp in February.
“Siasia said he needed time to rest after the U-23 AFCON in Senegal and that has made it difficult for the team to play a friendly match with Qatar in January,” the source revealed to Completesportsnigeria.com.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has lined up a series of friendly matches for the team ahead of the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
Siasia was close to winning the Olympic Games in 2008 in Beijing but lost to 1-0 to Argentina in the final to settle down for a silver medal.