Obama Cup: Siasia calls up new players, axes 15 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Super Eagles’ Coach, Samson Siasia, has invited 12 new Nigeria Premier League (NLP) stars for the next phase of preparation for the international friendly match against Guatemala in Miami, Florida, and the Green Bowl Soccer tournament in the United States of America (USA) next month.

Chief media officer of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, reveals that the new players will join 15 others retained from the first phase after the weekend’s league matches at the training camp in the Federal Capital, Abuja.

Siasia has equally dropped the same number of players from the original troop that started the programme at the FIFA Technical Centre on Monday.

The newly invited players are: Sunday Rotimi (Dolphins), Yinka Adedeji (Sunshine Stars), Harrison Egbune (Crown), Eugene Salami (Niger Tornadoes), Kenneth Ehis (Gombe United), Gambo Mohammed (Kano Pillars), Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars) and Thompson Joseph (Kano Pillars).

Sherif Isah (Kano Pillars), Bernard Okorowanta (Enyimba) as well as the Kwara United duo of Gbenga Arokoyo and Kwara United and Yusuf Jaiyeola complete the list. The retained players are: Bassey Akpan (Heartland), Chigozie Agbim (Warri Wolves), Valentine Nwabili (Enyimba), Chibuzor Okonkwo (Heartland), Ukeyinma Akombo (Sunshine), Wasiu Sowemimo (Kano Pillars) and Gege Soriola (Heartland) Others are Bartholomew Igbinegbu (Heartland), Julius Ubido (Heartland), Cletus Itodo (Sunshine), Gbolahan Salami (Sunshine) and Osas Okoro (Heartland).

The trio of Ekigho Ehiosun (Warri Wolves), Ejike Uzoenyi (Rangers) and Stanley Okoronkwo (Sharks) were equally retained.