–Excited by rivalry between pros and local boys
Nigeria U23 team coach Samson Siasia has said he is excited by the keen competition between the foreign-based pros and their home-based counterparts.
“This is exciting. I love what I am seeing as both the foreign and home-based players are engaged in keen rivalry to make the team,” said Siasia.
“I’m over-joyed that those we picked from the home-front have not been intimidated by the presence of their foreign brothers. This to me is a very welcome and healthy development for my technical crew as we will at the end of the day get a team that the nation will be proud of.”
He added: “Some persons have questioned our decision to organize this screening exercise for both the home and foreign-based players. But from what we have on ground, I feel justified in the decision we took in going through this route to get a team for this country.
“I beg Nigerians to believe in us and support this team. Our intention is to have a bunch of players who will be available for the nation for another 10-15 years baring injuries.”
The former Super Eagles coach said that more players would join the camp fromDecember 14 while those who are involved in club duties would join in January.
In the meantime, more foreign-based players have joined the Nigeria U23 training squad.
A release by the media officer of the team, Timi Ebikagboro, disclosed that the latest arrivals are Nansil Selbol of Sporting Kansas, Fred Friday of LSK Norway, Amuzie Stanley of Sassuolo Calsio, Italy, Oladele Oshobe of Lokomotive Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Atanda Sodiq of FK Apolonia FC, Albania.