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Eguavoen clashes with Siasia over players

Eguavoen and Siasia

By John Egbokhan

Super Eagles head coach, Samson Siasia and his  U-23 counterpart, Austin Eguavoen are on a collision course over some of the players invited for their continental assignments against Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea, respectively.

Yesterday, Eguavoen released a list of twelve foreign-based players invited for the 2012 London Olympic Games qualifier on March 26 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State, a day before the Super Eagles, tinkered by Siasia, confront Ethiopia in a must-win 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the Abuja National Stadium.

The list include Dele Ajiboye, Kennedy Nwanganga, Haruna Lukman, Obiora Nwankwo and Nurudeen Orelesi.

Others are Uchebo Okechukwu, Chukwuma Akabueze, Danny Uchechi, Ganiyu Oseni, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Alex Albert and Ibok Edet.

Two of the players in Eguavoen’s list, Italy-based Nnamdi Oduamadi and Obiora Nwankwo  are among the 24-man squad released last week by Samson Siasia, fueling speculations that the two coaches, who were former teammates at the Super Eagles lack rapport.

Observers noted last night that they were surprised that Eguavoen was inviting two of the players already invited by Siasia for the all-important Ethiopian match and added that this seeming lack of coordination between the two national coaches was not good for the progress of the game.

It is feared that Eguavoen’s invitation of two players already invited by Siasia for a bigger assignment may trigger off bad blood between the coaches even as the players would be confused on whose invitation to honour..


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