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All Africa Games: Siasia invites Arsenal’s Iwobi, 8 other foreign pros

•Decamps home-based players

Chief Coach of the national U-23 men’s football team, Dream Team VI, Samson Siasia has invited Arsenal’s teenage sensation Alex Iwobi and 8 other foreign based professional players for the crucial first leg All Africa Games qualifying game against Gabon in Libreville.

Media officer of the team Timi Ebikagboro quotes coach Siasia as saying that the invited foreign based players were selected from the players who came for the screening exercise earlier, in December and November, adding that the likes of Imoh Ezekiel of Standard de Liege of Belgium and Japheth Okirie of Hadley FC, England were selected based on their club performance.

Coach Siasia disclosed that 5 home based players have been dropped as they could not meet up with the standard. But he assured them of another chance if they can improve on their game.

“For now we are expected to go to Gabon with 18 players, so only the best will make this team, there will be no automatic shirt for any body, as both the home based and their foreign counterparts will have to battle for the 18 slots” Siasia added.

Speaking further he said, “we have released all the home based players whose clubs are involved in continental games this weekend, but they should all be back in camp by Monday.”

 


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