Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:51 pm
Super Eagles Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, on Saturday made adjustments to the home-based team in preparation for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.
According to a statement on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) website, the team is also preparing for the Sept. 8 international friendly against Niger Republic.
“Nigeria will travel to Dar es Salaam to face Tanzania on Sept. 5 to consolidate her winning start. This has necessitated the early camping arrangement for the Super Eagles players based at home.
“Three days after the Tanzania clash, the Eagles will face Niger Republic in Port Harcourt,’’ the statement read.
Oliseh, after an intensive opening week of training in Abuja, reshuffled the team as a result of injuries. He said this was in line with his weekend proclamation to work together with U-23 Team Head Coach, Samson Siasia, to ensure success.
“ The preparations have moved into a higher level after players were released on Friday to play for their clubs in the weekend’s Glo/NPFL fixtures.
“I had to reshuffle the team for different reasons mainly owing to injuries and the All-Africa Games assignment of the U23 team.
“For this reason, seven new players have been called up,’’ he said.
The Head Coach directed that the new players report to the Bolton White Hotels and Apartments in Abuja on Monday, while the other players were retained.
According to Oliseh, two players, David Obiazo and Nelson Ogbonnaya, both of Heartland FC, were released from camp owing to injuries.
He said Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves) and Kingsley Sokari (Enyimba) were allowed to join the All-Africa Games-bound U-23 team also in camp.
Heartland’s Bright Ejike and Warri Wolves’ Lordson Ichull were also released alongside U-23 Team captain, Azubuike Okechukwu, who has since signed for a club in Turkey.
As replacements, Paul Onobi and Dayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars), Godwin Obaje (Wikki Tourists), Bature Yaro (Nasarawa United) and Abdulrazak Abdul (Enyimba FC) have been called up.
Other players called up are Austin Obaroakpo (Abia Warriors) and Okiemute Odah (Warri Wolves).