By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has released the U-23 Eagles players who were invited for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier on September 5 against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam.
“Coach Oliseh has had to reshuffle the team for different reasons mainly owing to injuries and the All-Africa Games assignment of the U-23 team. For this reason, seven new players have been called up,” Super Eagles team Secretary, Dayo Enebi, told the Nigeria Football Federation official website.
Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves) and Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba) were allowed to join up with the All-Africa Games-bound U-23 team in camp also in Abuja. Heartland’s Bright Ejike and Warri Wolves’ Lordson Ichull were also released alongside U-23 Team captain Azubuike Okechukwu who has since signed for a club in Turkey, the nff.com informed.
“The preparations have moved into a higher level now. This was after players were released on Friday to play for their clubs in the weekend’s Glo/NPFL fixtures.
The 23 home-based players had been in camp for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on September 5 and September 8 international friendly against Niger Republic in Port Harcourt.
Seven new players have been called up as replacements for the players released from camp.
The Head Coach has directed that the new players report to the Bolton White Hotels and Apartments in Abuja on Monday, August 24, 2015 with the other players retained,” Achor disclosed.
Aside from the U-23 players, David Obiazo and Nelson Ogbonnaya, both of Heartland FC, were released from camp owing to injuries
As replacements, Paul Onobi and Dayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars), Godwin Obaje (Wikki Tourists), Bature Yaro (Nasarawa United), Abdulrazak Abdul (Enyimba FC), Austin Obaroakpo (Abia Warriors) and Okiemute Odah (Warri Wolves) have been called up.