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Siasia: No rift with Manu Over U23, U20 Players Invitation

Siasia: No rift with Manu Over U23, U20 Players Invitation

Coach of Nigeria U-23 team Samson Siasia has said he is not at war with his counterpart in the country’s U-20 team, Manu Garba over invitation of some players.

Siasia said at no time did he and Manu disagree over any player and wondered why some mischief makers would want to create news when none exist.

“Why would I fight over Iheanacho and other players with coach Manu when both of us can easily use them for the betterment of the nation? There is no basis for a clash of interest as the players in question cannot be playing for both teams at the same time,” Siasia said.

“When Manu is using them for their games, it’s not possible for them to be available for me, besides my plans for these players is basically for the Olympics and as such they would have finished playing the U-20 World Cup before our competition will heat up, so there is just no way we would be fighting over them”, says Siasia

He added: “Besides the experience they will garner while playing at the U-20 World Cup will come in handy when we will need their services, so it is to our benefit if they are active with the Flying Eagles.”

Siasia disclosed that he released the names of those players from the foreign leagues to make them know they are in his short and long term plans, as not all of them will be available when they are needed knowing that the All Africa Games is not a FIFA sanctioned event and as such some clubs will not readily agree to release their players for the event.

The U23 tactician said he is already in talks with some of the clubs in respect of some players he would need as the most important thing is not just to have these players in camp, but to have them for the real games.

Meanwhile, four more foreign-based players have arrived the camp of the Dream Team VI swelling the number of the foreign legion to eight.

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