L-R: Former Super Eagles player and Coordinator of the Joseph Yobo Testimonial Game Committee, Waidi Akanni; Ex international, Joseph Yobo; Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung; and Legal Adviser to the Testimonial Committee, Uzor Konyeaso, during Yobo’s courtesy call on the minister in Abuja…yesterday
SIASIA’S RIOT ACT TO DREAM TEAM VI
Dream Team VI Head Coach, Samson Siasia, has warned that any of the selected foreign-based players for the Suwon Invitational Tournament in Korea who fails to report to camp today to forget about going to Brazil for the Olympic football event in August.
Speaking after Monday evening’s training session at the FIFA Goal Project pitch, Abuja, an obviously angry Siasia expressed his displeasure with most of the players who are holidaying in the country after the break in Europe.
“Most of the players invited for the Suwon Tournament have arrived Nigeria but are not willing to report to camp,” observed the coach who is aiming to improve on the silver he won at the Beijing 2008 Games in China.
He said that the only way he can select players for the Olympics is when they train together as a team, adding that no player will walk into his team without earning it.
“It is annoying that these boys have not placed the same importance myself and other members of the technical crew have placed on the Olympics. I have information that aside one or two players who are involved in their team’s play-off games, the others have arrived the country but have just refused to report to camp.
“If they don’t report to camp on time, how can I work on them to know their level of adaptability to my game plan? It’s frustrating sometimes. Except for Saturday Keigo who reported to camp on Sunday, the others have not bothered to report,” revealed the former Eagles forward.
Siasia also disclosed that “if any of the invited overseas-based players thinks because he has been registered for the competition in South Korea and as such cannot be dropped,” he has a surprise for that player.
The affected foreign-based players include: Amuzie Stanley, Azubuike Okechukwu, Usman Mohammed, Sodiq Popoola, Saviour Godwin, Taiwo Awoniyi and Nathan Oduwa.
Meanwhile, the Dream Team will tomorrow play a friendly with a local club side as part of its build-up for the Suwon Invitational Tournament.