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Siasia Invites Awoniyi, Iheanacho, Simon For Congo

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuike Chukwu  Lagos

Under-23s coach, Samson Siasia, has invited eight Flying Eagles players for the African U-23 Championship/Olympic qualifier against Congo in July.

Awoniyi and  Iheanacho

Awoniyi and Iheanacho

He has also dropped seven players after Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said in a press release on Sunday.

The invited players are Taiwo Awoniyi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Musa Yahaya and Kingsley Sokari.

Others are Dele Alampasu, Moses Simon, Musa Muhammed and Saviour Godwin. All eight players were in New Zealand for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, where the team underachieved.

Siasia explained that he dropped the other seven players because of their performance against Wikki.

“I have given all these players enough time to showcase what they can bring on the table, but I am so disappointed that till this minute, they still have not been able to convince me, so they have to give way for others to come and show me and my technical crew what they can offer,” the former Super Eagles star and coach said.

“I thank them for their contribution to the success of the team in the past, but we have to move on; if they show signs of improvement in their clubs, they can be recalled to the team.”

The dropped players are Sani Faisal, Lukmon Gilmore, Emmanuel Ammana, Tonbara Tiongoli, Freedom Omofonma, Uche Okeke and Gabriel Sunday.

Siasia asked Mohammed, Awoniyi, Sokari, Godwin and Alampasu to report to camp on Monday as the one-week break he granted them to rest with their families is over.

However, overseas-based Yahaya, Iheanacho and Simon will report two weeks to the first leg scheduled for Abuja.

Siasia has also invited Sharks FC defender, Chima Akas, and Warri Wolves defender, Semiu Laidi, ?to report to camp immediately.

On Saturday, the Dream Team was forced to a 3-3 draw by home side, Wikki Tourists, in a game played at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi and watched by the Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, and the immediate past president of the NFF, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.