Head Coach of the Nigeria U-23
team, Samson Siasia has selected 20
players made up of 12 home-based and
eight overseas–based professionals
for next month’s Suwon Invitational
Tournament in Korea Republic.
The list is dominated by players who
featured against the Brazil U-23 in a
friendly in that country two months
ago, which Nigeria won 1-0, while
two new faces Emiloju Julius and
Abdulrahman Taiwo break into the
team, and winger Saviour Godwin also
makes a return to the team after a long
absence.
Addressing the players after its
friendly game on Thursday at the
practice pitch of the National Stadium,
Abuja, Coach Siasia charged those
selected for the trip to see it as an
honour.
“That you were selected does not
mean that those not selected are not
good. We simply want to give everyone
enough opportunity to justify why
they should be part of the team to the
Rio Olympics.”
To those who were dropped, Coach
Siasia told them not to see themselves
as not being part of the plans of the
technical crew, but a clarion call to
work even harder, as the team will be
going to the United States of America
for its final camping exercise where the
best will be selected for the Olympics.
The delegation of 20 players and 10
officials will be led by NFF Executive
Committee member and Chairman
of the NFF Media and Publicity
Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-
Kwande.
The group is expected to depart
Nigeria for Korea Republic on Monday,
May 30 aboard an Ethiopian Airline
flight, and arrive in Seoul on Tuesday.
Players for
Suwon Tournament
1. Emmanuel Daniel
2. Yusuf Mohammed
3. Emmanson Daniel
4. Sincere Seth
5. Ndifreke Effiong
6. Segun Oduduwa
7. Stanley Amuzie
8. Julius Emiloju
9. Erhun Obanor
10. Saturday Erimuya
11. Azubuike Okechukwu
12. Usman Mohammed
13. Stanley Dimgba
14. Sodiq Popoola
15. Saviour Godwin
16. Taiwo Awoniyi
17. Ubong Ekpai
18. Abdulrahman Taiwo
19. Nathan Oduwa
20. Tiongoli Tonbara


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