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Siasia names 20 for Green Bowl tourney

Nigeria coach Siasia names 20 for Green Bowl tourney

Posted: 20 February 2011 Time: 4:05 pm

Super Eagles’ coach Samson Siasia has selected 20 players who will represent Nigeria at the United States President’s Holiday Celebration Soccer Tournament.

The tournament, otherwise known as the Green Bowl Soccer Tournament, takes place in Dallas, Texas, United States of America next weekend.

The Super Eagles are joined at the event by Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama.

On Thursday, the United States Embassy in Nigeria issued entry visas into America to 22 players and eight officials of the Nigeria team for the competition meant for domestic League players of the countries involved.

Notable among those missing from the final cut are goalkeeper Bassey Akpan and striker Gbolahan Salami, two players recently slammed with one-year bans by the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation for indiscipline and appalling lack of self-control.

At the head of the group of 20 is Heartland FC defender Chibuzor Okonkwo, who impressed in last week’s international friendly against Sierra Leone in Lagos.

There are also goalkeepers Chigozie Agim and Sunday Rotimi, as well as strikers Ekigho Ehiosun, Ejike Uzoenyi, Gambo Mohammed, Victor Ezeji and Joseph Thompson.

Also included are defenders Valentine Nwabili, Abdul-Wasiu Sowemimo and Gege Soriola, midfielders Julius Ubido, Bartholomew Ibenegbu and Stanley Okoronkwo.

Samson Siasia tops the list of eight officials that also includes Assistant Coach Simon Kalika, Goalkeepers’ Trainer Ike Shorounmu, Team Coordinator Emmanuel Attah, Team Secretary Enebi Achor, Team Doctor Ibrahim Gyaran, Team Physiotherapist Wale Oladejo and Team Curator Chidi Ngoka.

The contingent will depart from Murtala Muhammed International Airport aboard a Delta Airline flight on Wednesday, February 23.

Squad Chigozie Agbim

Sunday Rotimi

Valentine Nwabili

Yinka Adedeji

Abdul-Wasiu Sowemimo

Gege Soriola

Chibuzor Okonkwo

Yusuf Jaiyeola

Julius Ubido

Cletus Itodo

Bartholomew Ibenegbu

Stanley Okoronkwo

Osas Okoro

Ejike Uzoenyi

Joseph Thompson

Ekigho Ehiosun

Gambo Mohammed

Victor Ezeji

Harrison Egbune

Bernard Okorowanta

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 04:30 pm
The list is rich wit experienced home base players, i follow the league well, most of them have played in various youth international footbal and in African champions league... i believe this competition will serve a good purpose in the rebuilding process of our Super Eagles. We are watching.
Anonymous
posted: 04:39 pm
I am happy for Ejike Uzoenyi. We both played together as kids sometime in 1994. Congrats man!!
Anonymous
posted: 04:40 pm
....that was in Enugu.
Kolawole1
posted: 05:09 pm
@Eric.
How old were u guys in 1994? Perhaps 13-14 years?
1994 was 17 years ago,Which puts your guy,Ejike Uzoenyi, at around 31 years....
Anonymous
posted: 05:21 pm
I am looking forward to see some of these players coming to become household names as the likes of Finidi,Amokachi,Amuneke,Adepoju, and co were before they left Nigeria. These tournament will serve as an opportuntiy for these players to prove that they can be counted upon and they should go for it.

@Afeez, have you seen now that its not siasia's initiative to use solely home based players for the tournament? Some of you just make comments without facts simply because you just want to attack others not on same page as you do.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH?
Anonymous
posted: 06:23 pm
Where can we watch the competion? Any infor pls.
Billion Original
posted: 06:30 pm
@Kolawole1, you beat me to the questions!
Anonymous
posted: 06:56 pm
@Kolawole1, I don't seem to understand your logic. I am not going to enter into any debate about my age but one thing is certain, i m much younger than your postulated age of 31. Ejike was very much younger than I, infact he has an elder brother who is younger than I. We all played together though he was the smallest then but with a powerful left foot and good dribling skills. He was nicknamed "kodo." Unfortunately I did not take my own skills to professional level as I was as at that time, a skillful dribler, good ball controller and prolific goal scorer.Have scored an average of 4 goals per match on a consistent basis. Anyway that is history. As I said earlier, I am happy for him. I pray that this tournament opens up a new horizon in his career.
panel
posted: 07:29 pm
Goodluck to u all
@Eric,bringing up a controversial story like this,can only bring unnecessary aguement.
sonny ****
posted: 09:19 pm
In Eric's defence, he has actually given a very articulate narrative evidence for those of us who might be making "guestimates" of people’s ages here.
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 pm
@eric you are a very funny fella, you score average of 4goals per match against kids much younger than you. yakubu part two
Onye_Ball
posted: 10:27 pm
Mr Colin Udo, I think you are lacking terribly behind in updating this site. You may think that it is your company and so you do what you want but you should know that you can be talked out of office by the fans. We get the news here days and sometimes weeks after we have read them from foreign magazines.

On the news about the selection, I think you are unfair to use the word ' indiscipline and appalling lack of self-control', because you made no effort to let us know what they did that amounted to ' indiscipline and appalling lack of self-control'.

Don't you think it is fair to hear what the players did and why one year ban is justified. You are a sport reporter and not a political analysts so watch it.
Onye_Ball
posted: 10:29 pm
Sorry, the word is lagging behind not lacking behind. '(lacking terribly behind)
IKKALU
posted: 10:38 pm
@Eric, maybe i will know you, i know kodo very well i am enugu brought up, i also played in state leauge and challenge cup, i know many guys who are still playing now but i am happy for Ejike Uzoenyi, he is a left footer, but let us be sincere kodo or okodo is above any age he is claming but that is not important here i am 29 and kodo sinor me with 2 class he went to Army day secondry school while i went to CIC we always play school match against their school and he is always a problem to any school that time, we also went to enugu U16 camp in ogwu together, so i know him very well he has small body so it will be very hard for one to know his age, but he is above 30, my younger brother who i sinore one person before him was born 1992 just as Ejike Uzoenyi aka kodo is claming, look at his cv.


Surname: Uzoenyi
First name: Ejike
Pseudonym:
Ejike Uzoenyi Date of birth: 25.03.1992
Age-group: 1992
Size: 0
Nationality: Nigeria
Position: Forward, Right winger
Club: Enugu Rangers (Rangers International) Enugu Rangers (Rangers International)
A-National player: no
Billion Original
posted: 11:33 pm
I am not controversial but @Eric, has just been exposed by @IKKALU !!
Anonymous
posted: 12:29 am
I wish them best of lucky. Ayans, saki, oyo state.
luise-hero
posted: 12:35 am
@ikkalu and @billion has kickoff employe you guys to be destroying nigeria football for GODsake this is an international site not a road newspaper gangtalk guys like you make internationalfootball scout who use website like this to monitor players not to have love for our local labs who has a dream of playing in abroad but all this unnecesery comment dont count good for our country , a ghana man or south african use all this your comment against you ,,drink your garri in ur closes and smile as if you chop rice in the public
luise-hero
posted: 12:35 am
@ikkalu and @billion has kickoff employe you guys to be destroying nigeria football for GODsake this is an international site not a road newspaper gangtalk guys like you make internationalfootball scout who use website like this to monitor players not to have love for our local labs who has a dream of playing in abroad but all this unnecesery comment dont count good for our country , a ghana man or south african use all this your comment against you ,,drink your garri in ur closes and smile as if you chop rice in the public
WETIN
posted: 01:02 am
@IKKALU, Semper fidelis.
well come my brother.
IKKALU
posted: 01:17 am
@gerry: you are welcome i finished at 99/2000, "Always be faithful".

Out of the shadows of the past we come to cheer you,
Boys of the Old Brigade of Gallant CIC,
And a thousand voices ring in mighty chorus,
Boys of the young St Mary unto victory.

Fearless and strong are the boys of St Mary's college
Glorious, strong, loyal sons of the old white and blue,
Brave heart and true,
Write their name in triumphant story
Onward march on boys of CIC to glory

@luise-hero: this just an argument do you think this Europeans don't know that we do age cheating? if you think that way then .......
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