Coach of the U-23 Team, Samson Siasia has picked 26 home based players for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations training camp in Morocco.
Siasia has courted controversy in recent weeks for his criticism of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which he claims are owing his team as much as three months salaries.
In response, Siasia has been ordered to pay a fine of N500,000 and told to apologise to the NFF via the media.
The group is dominated by the players who won the All-Africa Games bronze -medal including goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel, defender Segun Oduduwa and mid fielders Oghenekaro Etebo, Kingsley Sokari and Daniel Etor.
Notable absentees are Christian Pyagbara, Mustapha Abdullahi and Austine Oladapo. New picks include Anaezemba Nzube, Prince Aggrey, Stanley Dimgba, Kufre Ebong and Bature Yaro.
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 players called up are: Emmanuel Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed, Emmanuel Iwu, Segun Oduduwa, Sincere Seth, Erhun Obanor, Daniel Etor, Oghenekaro Etebo, Godwin Aguda, Usman Mohammed and Ndifreke Effiong.
Also included are Chukwuebuka Iroha, Stanley Dimgba, Kingsley Sokari, Godspower Effiong, Prince Aggrey,Bature Yaro, Zaharadeen Bello, Amaefule Chizoba, Seun Olulayo, Tiongoli Tonbara, Kufre Ebong, Abubakar Aliyu, Anaezemba Nzube, Daniel Emmanson and Adebayo Ajadi
The Africa U23 Cup of Nations will be played in Senegal from November 28 to December 12. Nigeria are drawn in Group B at the U23 Nations Cup along with Egypt, Mali and Algeria.
The top two teams will advance to the knockout stage of the competition with the best three teams qualifying automatically for Rio 2016.
Four years ago, Nigeria failed in Morocco to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
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