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Siasia Drops Five Players From Super Eagles Camp


Samson-SiasiaFollowing the lacklustre performances of the home-based Eagles in the tune-up matches played against the Under-23 Olympic team and a national league side (the two national teams are preparing for the AFCON’s qualifiers and the Olympics football event in Rio, Brazil, respectively), the caretaker coach, Samson Siasia, has reduced the number of players in Eagles camp by five and reassigned one to the U-23 team.

The home-based Super Eagles had earlier defeated the U-23 team 2-0 before the junior team avenged the loss by the same margin. However, on Thursday, the senior national team played a scoreless draw with Katsina United in a friendly match.

Some of the players released by Coach Siasia to their clubs include, defenders Christopher Madaki and Oke Ogagatewho, midfielder Hassan Yau, attackers Prince Aggreh and Ezekiel Bassey, while Bright Onyedikachi was redeployed to the Under-23 camp.

According to the Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, only 13 players are expected in camp next week, as the coaches prepare to work on the remaining players ahead of the make or mar tie against the Pharaohs of Egypt.

“The coaches are gradually cutting down the numbers. Next week, more players will be released to their clubs and some others will be transferred to the Olympic team also currently in camp ahead of the international friendly against Brazil.

“I am sure the coaches already have an idea of those home stars that will join the foreign legion for the final phase of preparation in a week’s time,” Ibitoye said.

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