By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Nigeria Under-23s head coach Samson Siasia has said that the recent movement of his players to Europe is good for the team so long as the players are available to play for Nigeria when needed.
Speaking with the media in Abuja, Siasia said that the exodus of some home-based players of the team to Europe ordinarily should be seen to be good for the country but it could be counter productive as some of them may no longer be available for the team regularly.
U-23 Eagles skipper Azubike Okechukwu, Junior Ajayi, Kingsley Sokari amongst others have all gone or on the verge of going to Europe for greener pastures.
“I told them to ensure that they include their being released to play the All Africa Games for Nigeria in their contracts with their new clubs,” Siasia said.
” I am okay with their going so long as they have the release clause in their contracts.
“I can confirm to you that a lot of the players in my 31-man list have gone to Europe. Their going might affect the rhythm of the team but if they don’t come for the All Africa Games, there is nothing I can do than to replace them. Those who have the interest of the team at heart should agree on the release clause before signing any contract.”
He reiterated his resolve to win the AAG gold medal for Nigeria, stressing that the exodus of players for greener pastures will not dampen hIs target.
“We want to win in Congo as a boost to have a go at the CAF U-23 Nations Cup in Senegal.”