Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Eguavoen warns Siasia to shun European based players for the olympic qualifiers in Senegal

CHIEF Coach of Dream Team V, Austin Eguavoen, has sounded a note of warning to the Olympics team Head Coach, Samson Siasia, to shelve his plan to invite foreign-based players like Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success among others to beef up his team for the last qualifier phase of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games scheduled for Senegal next month.

Eguavoen, who made the appeal while answering questions from Daily Sunsports, pointed out he did not want Siasia to suffer the fate that befell him.

when he took Dream Team V to Morocco for the 2012 London Olympics, lamenting that most of the foreign clubs could not release the players since it was not captured in FIFA calendar.

While urging the Dream Team VI gaffer to concentrate on players in the local league, the former Super Eagles handler said: “I have spoken to Siasia before now and I told him that if I have the chance to handle any of the youth teams, I will learn from my mistakes and focus more on the league players.

“It is not as if the players in Europe are not good, there is always
high level of uncertainties surrounding their release by their clubs. They would hide under the excuse that the tournament is not in FIFA calendar.

“We had secured the promise of the clubs to release the players we shortlisted for the final qualifier tournaments in Morocco and even registered players like Haruna Lukman, Ahmed Musa, but they never showed up because their clubs refused to release them. Out of the 21 registered players, we lost about nine regulars due to the challenges of releasing foreign-based players and injuries.


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