The head coach of the U-23 national team, Dream Team, Samson Siasia has selected Chile U-17 World Cup highest goal scorer Victor Osihmen and 20 other players to represent Nigeria at this month’s Africa U-23 Cup of Nations coming up in Senegal.
According to the list released by Coach Siasia in Banjul, after the team’s second friendly game against the Gambian U-20 national team, Baby Scorpions, the Chile revelation will be joined by captain of the team and Turkey based defensive midfielder Azubuike Okechukwu who is leading a list of 3 foreign professionals which includes Liverpool’s Taiwo Awoniyi and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia’s Ajayi Junior.
From the home front, the old reliables like Rangers of Enugu goal tender Emmanuel Daniel, Warri Wolves Oghenekaro Etebo, Bayelsa United’s Tonbara Tiongoli, Sincere Seth, Segun Oduduwa and Ndifreke Effiong were among the lucky ones, while there were some new faces like Seun Olulayo, Godspower Aniefiok, Kufre Ebong, Zaradeen Bello amongst others.
Addressing the dropped players, Coach Siasia told them not to feel discouraged at being dropped, but to see their dropping as a call for them to work harder for the Olympic Games proper of the team qualifies.
“I feel sad telling you guys to go, but the truth is that only 21 players will have to make the trip to Senegal, and these selected ones are those the technical crew have seen to be able to give us an Olympic ticket in Senegal, don’t feel discouraged, go back to your clubs and keep on working on your game, you will have your chance to be part of the team”
Meanwhile the Dream Team on Monday evening at the Brikama Boxbar Stadium were held to a 1-1 draw by the Gambian U-20 national team, the Baby Scorpions.