Head Coach of the men’s U-23 National Team, Dream Team, Samson Siasia has said that only the best legs within and outside the country will eventually make his final team to both the All Africa Games and the Rio Olympics.
Speaking after releasing the list of 30 players selected for camping in preparation for the Olympic Games qualifying match against the winner between Ghana and Congo in July, Coach Siasia said he and his technical crew selected some new faces to team up with the old players so as to give every Nigerian within the age limit a chance to showcase their talent and fight for a place in the team.
While revealing that the list did not include players who are with the U-20 Team in New Zealand for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the former Super Eagles’ Head Coach said: “These players will all join up with the rest of the squad after the U-20 World Cup, and that was the reason why we invited these new set of players so as to give the technical crew ample time to assess them and prune down the team before the arrival of the U-20 players later in June.”
Siasia added that he also intends to have look at a number of overseas -based players who should be free as their leagues will soon be coming to an end, and those found to be good enough will join the team.
Assuring Nigerians that he and his technical crew will not rest on their oars until they pick the Olympics ticket and also win the All Africa Games Men’s Football Tournament gold, Coach Siasia added that his team is work in progress and Nigerians should feel free to contribute positively to the development of the team.