Siasia: No automatic shirt for Rio Olympics

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Coach Samson Siasia has warned his players to brace up for more challenges ahead of this year’s Olympics billed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil saying that no player is guaranteed a shirt in his squad.

The former Super Eagles’ manager has also disclosed that the African champions will commence preparations for the Rio Olympics in the first week of February.
Speaking from his base in the United States of America, where he is presently on vacation, Siasia stressed that few players will be invited to fortify the team that won the 2015 African U-23 Nations Cup in Senegal.

“Since we qualified for the football event of the Rio Olympics, a lot of players both at home and abroad have been calling me that they want to play for the country, so myself and my assistants intend to use the first week of camping to see these players who will bear the cost of their trip to the camp and accommodate themselves.

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“Any of them selected will now be added to the players who made us proud in Senegal for a full camping. Mind you, no player is yet guaranteed a shirt in the team, as I have always said only the best legs will make it to Rio de Janeiro,” he added.

Siasia who led Nigeria to winning silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing said, “My next target is to go all out for gold in Rio,” while hoping to utilize all the FIFA windows available to watch the players at close range.

“For now my plans are to utilize fully all the FIFA windows beginning with the one in March, with the hope of taking players selected to an accessible country in Europe where all the overseas -based players can come with ease, play one or two friendly games and then have them return to their respective clubsides.”

The former Super Eagles’ captain added that for now, he has not made up his mind on the issue of which over -aged player(s) to take to the Olympics.

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