Siasia Invites 31 Players To U-23 Training Camp

siasiaHead Coach of the Nigerian national U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has called up 31 players to camp in preparation for next month’s All-Africa Games, in Brazzaville, Congo.

The list, which is made up of mostly players who qualified the Dream Team for the games, has some new faces including Lucky Jimoh, Bright Onyedikachi and Olisah Ndah amongt others.

The invited players are expected to report in Abuja from Wednesday, August 12.

The dream team will face Ghana, Senegal and Egypt in Group B of the men’s football tournament from September 3 to 18.

Recently, Siasia picked 20 players for the crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.




Siasia Picks 20 Players For Congo Return Leg Clash

siasiaNigeria’s Under-23 Coach, Samson Siasia, has picked 20 players for Sunday’s crucial African U-23 Championship qualifier against Congo in Pointe-Noire.

While addressing the players after their last practice match at the FIFA/NFF Goal Project in Abuja on Wednesday, Coach Siasia said that all the players are good enough to make the trip, but it was impossible for everyone to be in Congo for the battle.

He assured the players left out to continue to work on their game as they could form part of the team for the All Africa Games.

“For those of you selected, this is a golden opportunity for you to show to Nigerians and the world that your first leg victory was not a flash in the pan, and as such you must fight hard when we get to Pointe Noire and beat the Congolese.”

The team takes a slim 2-1 win to Pointe Noire and must avoid defeat to stand a chance of qualifying for the eight nation CAF Under-23 Championship in Senegal.

The selected players for the task ahead are: Daniel Emmanuel, Atanda Sodiq, Stanley Amuzie, Azubuike Okechukwu, Olusegun Oduduwa, Erhun Obanor, Godwin Saviour, Etebo Oghenekaro, Junior Ajayi, Usman Mohammed, Etor Daniel, Yusuf Mohammed, Chima Akas, Semiu Liadi, Shehu Abdullahi, Kingsley Sokari, Taiwo Awoniyi, Umar Aminu, Austin Oladapo and Sincere Seth.

Kano Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers

policeKano State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 3 persons suspected to have kidnapped Umar Aminu, a 4 year old boy. 

Addressing a news conference, the Police Public Relations Officer, Magaji Majia, said that the arrest came at a time when the suspects demanded a ransom of 3 million naira for the release of the boy.

According to reports, a 25 year old Bello Wada conspired with Aliyu Tasiu and Fauziya Bala, to kidnap Aminu at his father’s residence in Tudun Wada Local Government.

Aliyu Tasiu is a family member who has access into the house of the grandmother that takes care of the victim.

Aliyu was said to have obstructed the view of the grandmother, while the child was taken away by Bello Wada who subsequently handed him over to Fauziya Bala, to keep pending the payment of the ransom.

“He is my brother but conspired with his friends to take away my grandson. He later called me that if I did not pay three million I will never see my grandson again,” the grandmother said.

However, in an interview with journalists, the suspects said that they kidnapped the child after his father turned down their request for some money to start up a poultry business.

“We kidnapped the boy because his father refused to borrow us money to start a poultry business, therefore we kidnapped the boy to see if we can be able to secure the money,” they said.

The Police said that the boy has reunited with his family and the suspects would be charge to court after all necessary investigations are made.