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.
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