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Published On: Tue, Dec 9th, 2014

Foreign players shun Siasia’s training

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Siasia2A number of invited foreign-based professionals have not resumed training with the Under 23 National Team because the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) failed to make adequate arrangements for their accommodation.

Apart from paying their flight tickets in full, the players have had to pay hotel bills out of their own pockets since the start of the screening exercise on Saturday.

One of the invited players who pleaded for anonymity in order not to be victimized said.

“I have been in Abuja since Saturday, but the hotel wasn’t ready for us, the foreign based players, so they asked me to wait.

“The coordinator told me they will call me when the hotel is fixed. I am just hanging around; I was at the Goal Project ground this morning.

“They said they will get back to me on or before 1 pm. I saw a lot of players, I guess home based, training this morning.’’

However, coach Samson Siasia and the coordinator of the team have denied that they are facing challenges regarding accommodation, with both claiming they are yet to set their sights on any of the invited foreign professionals.

‘’They should come to camp; none of them came for training this morning. We have not seen any foreign based player.

‘”There is an arrangement for them, they should come to the hotel,’’ said Samson Siasia.

 In their bid to select a squad, Samson Siasia and his backroom staff have been running the rule over players based in the domestic championship, ahead of the All African Games qualifying fixture against Gabon in February 2015.

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