Chief coach of the national U-23 men’s football team, Dream Team VI, Samson Siasia has warned players who intend to play for the team not to give money to anybody in a bid to secure a place in the team.
Siasia gave this warning while addressing players after the team’s training session Tuesday morning at the FIFA Goal Project at the National stadium in Abuja.
“Do not give money to either my assistants or any agent with the hope of making this team. If I find out, the player(s) will be dismissed from camp. I did not mandate anybody to collect money on my behalf. Anyone who falls prey to such cheats will be sent out of camp forthwith. Money cannot buy you a place in my team. Instead, your talent and discipline will take you to the top of your career,’blasts the former Super Eagles midfielder who insists his door his open to all Nigerians who believe they have the talent to play.
‘As long as you hold the passport of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, you are eligible to play for this country. I was spotted and selected through this type of process. I’ll also like to give young ones like you the chance to play for our country. It is your country, too,” he said.
The U-23 gaffer disclosed that he has been fair to all who have taken time to try out their luck with the team, adding that Nigeria is blessed with so much talent.
”I’m overwhelmed with the turn-out of players who are here for the screening exercise”, he confessed.
Turning to the invited foreign-based players, Siasia said that there would be no special player(s) as only their fitness and form will determine their stay in camp.
”You can only secure a place in the team with dedication, hardwork and discipline. Nobody is superior to another player in this camp.”
He applauded all the players and advised those who could not make the team to try harder as not all players who turned up would be selected.
So far Aminu Umar of Samsunspor FC Turkey and Swedish-based Samuel Ayinoko of Angelholms FC have been the early birds to arrive the Dream Team VI camp for their screening exercise.
This weekend the Dream Team VI are expected to travel to Bauchi to play series of friendly games to put them in shape for the battles ahead.