By EMMA NJOKU
SUPER Eagles’ head coach, Sunday Oliseh has released Enyimba International play maker Kingsley Sokari and Warri Wolves striker, Oghenekaro Etebo from the home-based Super Eagles’ squad to Samson Siasia’s Dream Team, currently preparing for the forthcoming All Africa Games in Congo.
Also joining the Dream Team are Heartland’s Bright Ejike and Warri Wolves’ Lordson Ichull as well as the U-23 Team captain, Azubuike Okechukwu who has since signed for a club in Turkey.
According to thenff.com, the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation, Oliseh released the players in line with his agreement with Siasia to cooperate with each other in the interest of Nigerian football.
In place of the players released to the Dream Team, Oliseh had handed fresh invitation to other home-based players as preparations for the fast approaching 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania and September 8 international friendly against Niger Republic shift into new gear.
The replacements are, Paul Onobi and Dayo Ojo (Sunshine Stars), Godwin Obaje (Wikki Tourists), Bature Yaro (Nasarawa United), Abdulrazak Abdul (Enyimba FC), Austin Obaroakpo (Abia Warriors) and Okiemute Odah (Warri Wolves) have been called up.
Nigeria travels to Dar es Salaam to face Tanzania September 5, aiming to consolidate on her winning start to the campaign with three points on the road. This has necessitated the early camping arrangement for the Super Eagles players based at home. Three days after the Tanzania clash, the Eagles face Niger Republic in Port Harcourt.
“The preparations have moved into a higher level now,” Team Secretary Enebi Achor told thenff.com, quoting Coach Oliseh. This was after players were released on Friday to play for their clubs in the weekend’s Glo/NPFL fixtures.
“Coach Oliseh has 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. The Head Coach has directed that the new players report to the Bolton White Hotels and Apartments in Abuja on Monday, August 24, 2015 with the other players retained,” Achor disclosed.