By Bamidele Boluwaji:
The coach of Nigeria's U-23 side, Samson Siasia, has given reasons why he decided to invite players based in Nigeria for camping ahead of the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo and the Olympic Games qualifiers.
Speaking with completesportsnigeria.com from America, Siasia who is expected to be back in Nigeria next week, said the unavailability of some of the players he planned to invite forced him to start up with the locally based ones.
"I need to star because most of the players we have in mind are in the Super Eagles and Flying Eagles," the former Super Eagles coach told completesportsnigeria.com. "But if the crop of players from the league prove their worth, why not?
"Olympic qualifiers are there, likewise the All AfricaGames, they will equally be useful for these tournaments."
Meanwhile, Siasia's team could be meeting the Black Meteors of Ghana in the next round of the Olympic qualifiers.
In Saturday's first leg played inside the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana pipped Congo Brazzaville 1-0.
The winner between Ghana and Congo will face Nigeria for the Olympic qualifying tournament.