Siasia said that the exodus of some home-based players of the team to Europe ordinarily should be seen to be good for the country but it could be counter productive as some of them may no longer be available for the team regularly.
Samson Siasia, the coach of the Under-23 Nigerian football team has expressed worries over the exodus of his players to Europe and other parts of the world.
Siaisia claimed that the exodus of some of his players to clubs Europe is a good development. But he warned that they should be available when called to play for their country.
U-23 Eagles skipper Azubike Okechukwu, Junior Ajayi, Kingsley Sokari amongst others have all gone or on the verge of going to Europe for greener pastures.
I told them to ensure that they include their being released to play the All Africa Games for Nigeria in their contracts with their new clubs.
I am okay with their going so long as they have the release clause in their contracts.
I can confirm to you that a lot of the players in my 31-man list have gone to Europe. Their going might affect the rhythm of the team but if they don’t come for the All Africa Games, there is nothing I can do than to replace them. Those who have the interest of the team at heart should agree on the release clause before signing any contract.
Siasia claimed that some of the clubs in Europe often refuse or delay to allow their players go back home to play for their country.