Siasia picks 26 for pre-Africa U-23 Cup of Nations training

Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia
Samson Siasia

Chief Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles, Samson Siasia, has selected 26 home-based professionals for the pre-Africa U-23 Cup of Nations training camp in Morocco.

The 26 players were picked from the 35 earlier invited to camp.

The list released Tuesday is dominated by the All-Africa Games bronze-medal winning group, including goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel, defender Segun Oduduwa and mid fielders Oghenekaro Etebo, Kingsley Sokari and Daniel Etor, while old reliables such as Christian Pyagbara, Mustapha Abdullahi and Austine Oladapo failed to make the cut.

Siasia also picked new faces Anaezemba Nzube, Prince Aggrey, Stanley Dimgba, Kufre Ebong and Bature Yaro.

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The selected players and coaching crew are expected to depart for Morocco where they will be joined by some overseas-based professionals.

Siasia’s team will play Egypt, Algeria and Mali in Group B at the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations taking place in Senegal from 28 November to 12 December.

The full list:

1. Emmanuel Daniel
2. Yusuf Mohammed
3. Emmanuel Iwu
4. Segun Oduduwa
5. Sincere Seth
6. Erhun Obanor
7. Daniel Etor
8. Oghenekaro Etebo
9. Godwin Aguda
10. Usman Mohammed
11. Ndifreke Effiong
12. Chukwuebuka Iroha
13. Stanley Dimgba
14. Kingsley Sokari
15. Godspower Effiong
16. Prince Aggrey
17. Bature Yaro‎
18. Zaharadeen Bello
19. Amaefule Chizoba
20. Seun Olulayo
21. Tiongoli Tonbara
22. Kufre Ebong
23. Abubakar Aliyu
24. Anaezemba Nzube ‎
25. Daniel Emmanson
26. Adebayo Ajadi