Nigeria National U-23 coach Austin Eguavoen on Thursday charged his wards to justify their inclusion in the final list of players for the Africa U-23 championship billed to kick-off next week in Morocco by ensuring that the country’s flag is hoisted at the male football event of the London 2012 Olympics.
Eguavoen gave the charge during the team’s morning training session inside the main bowl of the National stadium, Surulere.
“We all know that the nation is looking up to us. It was painstaking to get out the final twenty-one because you all have shown promise determination and talent.”
“For those of you that have been chosen, its now up to you to do your country proud and justify your inclusion in the team” Eguavoen charged his boys.
The former Enyimba of Aba gaffer who beat the midnight deadline for submission of his final 21 man list to the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF affirmed his confidence in the ability of the team.
“Everyone has continued to ask what happened to the likes of Lukman Haruna, Ekigho Ehiosun, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Odion Igalo and others. The truth is that I got the green light from their clubs and a host of others but surprisingly in the eleventh hour some of the clubs changed their minds; noting that the tournament is not in a FIFA free window” Cerezo explained.
“But in any case I have confidence in the squad we are taking to Morocco,” he affirmed.
Coach Austin Eguavoen on Wednesday night made public his list of 21 players with 5 others on standby.
The list parades eleven home-based, nine foreign-based and one unattached.
Goal Keepers: Dele Ajiboye, Olufemi Thomas and Theophilus Afelokhai.
Defenders: Kingsley Udoh, Markson Ojobo, Usman Amoda, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Edet Ibok, Suswam Terna (In Pic), .
Midfielders: Osas Okoro, Ayo Saka, Odah Onoriode, Obiora Nwankwo, Nosa Igiebor, Lawal Raheem.
Attackers: Jude Aneke, Kayode Olarenwaju, Stephen Worgu, Babatunde Micheal, Uchechi Daniel, Gbolahan Salami.
Semiu Liadi, Papa Idris, Olabiyi Rasheed, Olaitan Otubanjo, Atu Irumekhai.