Siasia drops seven players

National Under-23 team coach Samson Siasia has dropped seven players ahead of Nigeria’s 2015 All Africa Games qualifier against Congo next month.

The Nigeria Football Federation said on its official website on Sunday the players were sent packing after the team’s 3-3 draw against Premier League club Wikki Tourists in Bauchi on Saturday.

The players are Sani Faisal, Lukmon Gilmore, Emmanuel Ammana, Tonbara Tiongoli, Freedom Omofonma, Uche Okeke and Gabriel Sunday.

“I have given all these players enough time to showcase what they can bring on the table, but I am so disappointed that they were not able to convince me,” the former Super Eagles striker told

“They have to give way to others to show me and my coaching staff what they can offer. I thank them for their contribution to the success of the team in the past, but we have to move on.

“If they show signs of improvement in their clubs, they can be recalled.”

Meanwhile, Siasia has directed eight players, who represented the country at the New Zealand 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, to join up with their Under-23 teammates on Monday.

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