Nigeria U-23 Coach, Samson Siasia, Hoping To Snatch Jordon Ibe From Under England’s Noses
Nigeria’s Olympic National Team coach, Samson Siasia, has revealed that he has set the wheels in motion with respect to highly – rated Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe committing his international future to Nigeria instead of England.
Sources in the know earlier informed SL10.ng that the Dream Team VI coach was exploring the possibility of enlisting Jordon Ibe’s services to his squad ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.
And Siasia confirmed as much when contacted to clarify his position on the winger, who has turned out for the youth teams of England.
“We want Jordon Ibe before England takes him; let us make the first move,” Samson Siasia told SL10.ng.
“We are trying to reach him, my friend in England has been trying to contact him to convince him to play for Nigeria. If you watch him play, you know he is a good player.”
The Nigeria under 23s have started preparations for the All Africa Games qualifying fixture against Gabon this weekend, with the coaches failing to extend invitations to the foreign – based contingent.
“We couldn’t invite them because the date is not a Fifa window. Clubs will not release their players.
“That is why they were not invited, we will invite them against Zambia (if we qualify),” Samson Siasia revealed.
The retired Nigeria international was in the dugout in 2008 when the Dream Team won silver at the Beijing Olympics.