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Siasia keen on Iheanacho, Osimhen invitation to Rio Olympics squad

Samson Siasia, coach of the national U23
Samson Siasia, coach of the national U23
Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Coach of the National U-23 side, the Dream Team IV, Samson Siasia has said he is open to naming Manchester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wolfsburg’s new player Victor Osimhen.
Siasia however, said he will prefer that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sought out invitations to avoid his list clashing with that of the senior national team, the Super Eagles.
“I want to get him, but the last time I invited Iheanacho, Oliseh invited him also so it looked like we were not doing the right thing, so we need to streamline things. If the Super Eagles are inviting him, they should invite him so that we don’t send an invitation and suddenly they get another one from the Super Eagles which suggests that something is wrong somewhere. I will reach out to the team secretary to find out if they want Iheanacho for the next game, but if they don’t need him, I want him.
“Victor Osimhen is always a part of us. He is a young man that is doing very well, I was impressed with him and that was why I started him in our last qualifying game in Senegal, you have to look at the practice session and see how the players are doing to determine who plays at any time.”
The coach equally regretted what he described as the drop in form of former Golden Eaglets striker, Taiwo Awoniyi who recently joined Premiership side, Liverpool, adding that he will like him to have more playing time so as to sharpen his latent skills.
“I talked about Awoniyi because he is a good player, but what we saw in Senegal is not him, he is a good quality player but if he gets more playing time before the Olympics, he may pick up again. We want to see how much playing time he will get before the Olympics. We have about four FIFA windows before the Olympics and we hope to use them to look at the players we think might be part of the squad for the championship.”

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