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Colchester striker Freddie Ladapo heading to Nigeria camp

Posted: 14 June 2011 Time: 16:15

Freddie Ladapo can’t wait to meet up with his countrymen after being invited to join a provisional Nigeria squad for the Under-20s World Cup.

The Colchester striker was named in the squad for the two-day camp at Bisham Abbey this week as the Nigerians start preparations for the tournament in Colombia during July and August.

Colchester manager Tony Humes says Ladapo was over the moon when he heard news of his call-up, telling the club’s official website: “It’s a great opportunity for Freddie and, having spoken to him, I know he is looking forward to it.

“Hopefully he will enjoy it and perform well enough to be selected for the World Cup squad. Even if he’s not selected for the final squad, it’s a good opportunity for him to be involved in an international get together and add to his football education.”

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 04:22 pm
i wish u the best of luck...........
posted: 04:58 pm
the name sound no familiar to me ,,well national call please makes us proud dudu the sky may be your limit
posted: 05:27 pm
Somebody is thinking in the Glass House. Way to go. I only wish that a similar effort would be made back home to unearth genuine youth players instead of the league players who would do anything to get on the underage teams. We have so many Ladapos in our schools waiting to be discovered.
posted: 06:04 pm
Good move from NFF,we need more of this.
posted: 06:16 pm
Good movefrom NFF,we need more of that.
The NFF president,MAIGARI have stated clearly that osaze we be call up for our next matches.Another good move from d NFF boss for settling the issue on ground.
posted: 06:23 pm
@1luv9ja..............where did you hear that?
posted: 06:49 pm
@obi i got the info from the sport news.
posted: 07:07 pm
Clips from Jo Bonfrere interview in complete sports....I have maintained a father and son relationship with all the players. When you are honest and straight with the players, they will always be happy with you, especially if you tell them what will be good for their career and help them imbibe noble ideals. When they are satisfied with the solution that you give to them, they will continue to be happy with you.
Tell us, how do you think coach Samson Siasia can achieve this feat?

He should work harder and be friendly with his players. The Nations Cup is a very big tournament for Nigeria to miss and irrespective of the fact that Guinea are top on the log, Nigeria can still overtake them to qualify because it won’t be nice for the Eagles not to be in the 2012 Nations Cup finals.
Sia1 pls take note.

posted: 09:22 pm
NIGERIA - A NATION OF JOKERS!!! Ignorance is indeed bliss. Who the hell is Freddie Ladapo?! I asked... then I checked. He is a Colchester player - a League One club - but he is not listed in the squad. He is on loan, I think, or maybe their youth team - a Conference side called Chelmsford City. Played three games last season and two the season before for Thurrock. (lmao) So this is how the almighty Siasia wants to build the Super Eagles. Whoever comes up with these stupid ideas?!!! And Colin has the audacity to post this as news! Maybe that's how much he thinks of his audience. Amazing!
posted: 09:57 pm
@Teebuz, did you read this news very well? The boy was not called up by Siasia for Super Eagles. He was called up for Under 20 national team. Why I hold no brief for John Obuh but I think he reserve the right to call players that he thinks can give him result; The outcome of the tournament will be his responsibility given the time and resources in his disposal. If we have players in Vietnam in under 23, then we can give a trial for a league 2 player in our under 20.

But... He has not even made the cut for the final list.
posted: 10:34 pm
Colchester United's promising youth team striker Freddie Ladapo has agreed to a spell at non-league Thurrock.

The teenager, who has scored close to a goal a game in the youth ranks this season, joins the Blue Square Bet South club on a work experience placement.

The south Essex side are currently in 17th place in the table and just two points from the relegation zone.

Ladapo scored two goals in Colchester United under-18's recent 5-1 demolition of Northampton Town.
posted: 11:46 pm
ladapo is in the club u18,not in the main team, and last season only plays few matches with the youth team. l wonder where the NFF access him and call him for national duty. Are we going backward or forward. We got a squad that won african cup in south africa. why dont we build on this. instead of inviting players that plays in reserve league of europe clubs in other to renew their papers. Also inclusion of Uchechi, Igalo, into u23 should not be welcome.
posted: 01:00 am
I wonder what John Obuh is up to these days. What does he hope to achieve by inviting this dude? Is he better than the players with Clemence Westerhoff in Ilorin?

This is the bane of Nigeria. Probably this guy's dad is well connected in the corridors of power. I still remember vividly that Sone Aluko's invitation to the Flying Eagles has a lot to do with his father being an ex-senator of the federal republic than his soccer skills.

Na wa 4 naija o!
posted: 01:25 am
forget obuh,he likes money,who knows how much that is involve,in bring this guy to the team.
The word.
posted: 02:53 am
Who ever that do PR for this dude is very good.If information given by Bola is anything to go by,then there is every room for doubting his inclusion.

If the guy should make the final cut, Mr. Obuh as lost my respect.
posted: 02:58 am
I heard Osaze will be invited to play for the Super Eagles in subsequent matches. I think this is a good move, knowing that he is one of our best strikers at the moment. We need him in the team. I wish the entire team the best in its quest to qualify for the AFRICAN NATIONS CUP as well as win the trophy next year!

Meanwhile, though nothing spectacular has been said about Mr. Ladapo, other than the club he plays for and his manager, if coach Obuh deems it fit to invite him, we may not oppose the invitation so long as the player justifies his inclusion in the team.

I, therefore, wish the Flying Eagles a resounding success in the forthcoming FIFA Under 20 World Cup.

Peace be to all forumites and best wishes!

posted: 03:25 am
the way some people talk in this forum, it make me wonder if things will ever be good a again. imagine almost every body has forgotten that both under 23 and 21 are part of Nigeria. it's a pity that people are so bias now that only siasia and eagle are Nigeria. obu invited joel some people say why they said it is siasia that discover him and who told them that? i don't. for record purpose obu invited musa before siasia was appointed and when egu was shifted to under 23 joel and obiora of inter was pencil down by him and how come now that it is siasia that now discover this boys. joel refusing to play in under 21, i am surprise that the same people that said MIKEL should be killed are the same people saying joel is right not to join U 21; FOR God sake you people should grow up so that our foot ball can grow. i think the biggest problem of Nigeria is the fan not the NFF.
posted: 03:47 am

Super Eagles’ technical crew and
the Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) are set for a collision
course over camp site for the
senior national team ahead of
the Nations Cup qualifier against
Madagascar in September.
Super Eagles manager, Simon
Kalika has hinted that the team
is likely to camp outside Nigeria
before the game; a position that
has been downplayed by the
Chairman, Technical Committee
of the Nigeria Football
Federation, Barrister Chris Green.
Kalika opined that having the
team camped outside Nigeria
would prevent a repeat of the
mistake made prior to the match
against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa
where the team were held to a
2-2 draw by the East Africans.
“We are looking at some options
because it would be better for
us to camp outside, somewhere
close to venue of the match.
That way, we won ’t lose a day
because we must learn from the
little mistake we made before
the game against Ethiopia ”, he
However, Chairman of the
influential technical committee
of the NFF, Barrister Green is
adamant that the Super Eagles
will camp in Nigeria before
traveling to Madagascar for the
all important game.
“When is the European season
starting? August. At that time, it
would be hard to secure the
players to go anywhere. So they
will come, spend five days in
Nigeria before heading to
Madagascar ” Green insisted.
Mauritius has been mentioned as
a likely camp venue for the
Super Eagles before the crucial
game in Antananarivo until the
submission of Green which is
set to bring back memories of
the run-up to the match against
Ethiopia where the team spent
seven hours in the air as against
the projected four hours after
training in Nigeria for some
Team handler, Samson Siasia
would later blame jet-lag for the
disappointing 2-2 draw his boys
recorded against the East
African nation.
posted: 03:55 am

The Nigeria Football
Federation has submitted to
world governing body, FIFA,
a list of 21 players who will
fly the country ’s flag at the
6th FIFA Women’s World Cup
finals taking place in
Germany this summer.
Goalkeeper Precious Dede, a
31-year veteran from the
2003 and 2007 FIFA World
Cup final tournaments, tops
the list that includes at least
seven players who have
seen FIFA World Cup action.
Coach Eucharia Uche picked
three goalkeepers, six
defenders, six midfielders
and six strikers in a squad
with mixture of experience
and youth.
Dede, defenders Faith Ikidi,
Onome Ebi and Ulunma
Jerome, midfielders Ogonna
Chukwudi and Perpetua
Nkwocha and forward Stella
Mbachu were at the last
tournament in China in
The Falcons, who havebeen
training in Saalfelden,
Austria since May 26, on
Tuesday had a training
match with an U-17 boys in
Austria. The team will play
the National Women’s team
of Slovakia at the Eugendorf
Stadium on Thursday.
Since setting up camp in
Saalfelden, the Falcons have
walloped an Austrian first
division team, Wacker
Innsbruck 7-0, piped the
Czech Republic national
women’s team 1-0 and drew
1-1 with the national
women ’s team of Austria in
The final squad
Goalkeepers: Precious Dede,
Tochukwu Oluehi, Alaba
Defenders: Helen Ukaonu,
Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi,
Osinachi Ohale, Ulunma
Jerome, Josephine
Midfielders: Rebecca Kalu,
Glory Iroka, Rita Chikwelu,
Ebere Orji, Ogonna
Chukwudi, Perpetua
Strikers: Stella Mbachu,
Francisca Ordega, Desire
Oparanozie, Sarah Michael,
Uchechi Sunday, Amenze
posted: 04:09 am
GUYS I read this article by Kenneth EZAGA on and i think its quite interesting to share it on here.

Comment: Any plan for the Eagles?
Reads: 461 Comments: 16 Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 19:46
Super Eagles and Flying Eagles coaches, Samson Siasia and John Obuh, have opened a bizarre chapter to sourcing talents for African national teams. Both are heading for England this week to have a talent camp for Nigerians with dual citizenships in the UK, in the hope of getting fresh talents.

Among the players for this camp are Ikenna Ofoche (Millwall), Jerry Nnnamani (Crystal Palace), Moses Odubayo (Leyton Orient), Chuks Aneke (Arsenal), Olumide Durojaiye (Spurs). Others are Kudus Oyenuga (Spurs), Femi Orenuga (Everton), David Adedipe (Millwall) and Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle).


My immediate thoughts after digesting this novelty were (1) Is there a blueprint for the much-vaunted Super Eagles rebuilding exercise? (2) If there is, is it really based on home-grown talent as we were earlier made to believe or is the local talent so pathetic that Nigeria feels it pertinent to blow scarce resources on these untested players just because they are in England?


1. The NFF recently ordered the Flying Eagles and Olympic teams to only field local players during the continental qualifiers. They wanted to encourage local talents and cut costs. Fantastic some of us thought! If Nigeria cannot raise players to beat an all-local Liberian side, we don't deserve to go to any international tournament until we are forced to fix our local game. But then it never happened. The list that followed that pronouncement came from U-23 coach Austin Eguavoen and it had a very foreign accent. And so it has stayed.

2. I thought the initial rule was that if you don't play regularly for your club, you won't get an Eagles look in? None of these players play for their clubs, many are not even registered. Doesn't the NFF realise that there is a gulf between promise and achievement.

3. Ahmed Musa has been spared an Olympic qualifier due to a back strain because even God probably got fed up with the young man being tossed from the Super Eagles to the Flying Eagles and to the Olympic team without anyone caring about how this will affect his budding bread and butter club career.

4. Didn't Musa come from the local league just a couple of years ago? Aren't there more Musas out there to be discovered? Some say, and I believe it, that the best young players are not even in the NPL. So shouldn't we be conducting talent camps around Nigeria with these funds instead?

5. Siasia had a fine idea once when he kept a regular local camp for the 'Obama Eagles'. It was stopped because of limited funds, but the NFF blew over N60m on the 'Odrama Cup' - that has become a forgotten issue - and is blowing millions more on this kamikaze camp.


So again I ask, what is the plan for identifying, engaging and growing talents for the national teams, and what role is each team meant to play? Is the Flying Eagles supposed to groom talents for the Olympic team which then feeds the Super Eagles, or is it the other way round? Are we perchance simply seeing the manifestation of the saying that when one doesn't have a plan any route would suffice?


My take on this. If siasia was employed to build a new team, immediate results shouldnt be the goal for now. But as things seem to be now, we are chasing immediate results and therefore we might not be able to build a new team in a long time to come. I just hope siasia gets his priority right before things go awry.

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