Head coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Samson Siasia, has made it clear that from May 9, 2016, he will not give any player permission, to play for their Nigeria Professional Football League clubs in mid-week fixtures.
Siasia pointed out that there are barely players to work with in camp, as he continues to prepare the Dream Team VI for the Olympics in August.
“I must confess that it has not been easy for me and my technical crew; a lot of the players we need to work with won’t report to camp as at when due because their club chairmen will always call me to beg that these players stay back to play mid-week games,” Siasia told the NFF website.
“I understand their plight that they need these players to do well in the League, but then we must draw a line between national interest and club interest.
“I have always built the foundation of my team on the home based players, so it is players I have at my disposal that I will work and plan with.
“So, I am appealing to all involved to please bear with us, because from next week, I will not release any player for mid-week games. If the clubs cannot release these players, then I am sorry, no matter how good these players are, they cannot be part of my plans.”