Dream Team coach, Samson Siasia has told clubs that he won’t be releasing players for subsequent mid-week matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Speaking after Tuesday’s training at the practice pitch of the National Stadium, Abuja, coach Siasia noted that he barely had enough players in camp to start real preparations for the Olympics, which is barely three months away.
“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. 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.”