Dream Team coach, Samson Siasia may have to look elsewhere for a replacement for Granada forward, Isaac Success who was among the foreign-based professionals called to the U-23 camp ahead of the Africa U-23 Nations Cup in Senegal, next month.
Reports say the Nigeria youth international will not be heading off to Senegal with the Olympic Team in November as his Spanish club Granada want to capitalise on the fact that the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations falls outside of Fifa’s international match calender.
A representative of Success pointed out how very important the player is to the Andalusian outfit. He recalled that the Nigeria Football Federation experienced difficulties before securing his release for the Fifa Under 20s, a tournament sanctioned by football’s governing body for that matter.
“Success will not come, he will not be released. It is a problem, he is one of their top strikers and the coaches should look for alternatives, “ Success’s rep told allnigeriasoccer.com.
“If the competition was held during their break, he would have had no problem honouring the call – up. He is doing well now.
“We are praying for them to release him but it will be hard. We went through hell before he was released for the Fifa Under 20 World Cup.”
Granada team manager Javi Jimenez added : “ I don’t think he will be released but I’ll let you know later.”
Granada have games against Malaga, Leganés, Atlético Madrid and Levante around the same time the Nigeria U23s will be competing at the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations.