Siasia picks Okechukwu, Awoniyi, 18 others for Korea

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja

Head Coach of the Nigeria U-23 team, Samson Siasia has selected 20 players made up of 12 home -based and eight overseas –based professionals for next month’s Suwon Invitational Tournament in Korea Republic.

The list is dominated by players who featured against the Brazil U-23 in a friendly in that country two months ago, which Nigeria won 1-0, while two new faces Emiloju Julius and Abdulrahman Taiwo break into the team, and winger Saviour Godwin also makes a return to the team after a long absence.

Addressing the players after its friendly game in Abuja, Coach Siasia charged those selected for the trip to see it as an honour.

“That you were selected does not mean that those not selected are not good. We simply want to give everyone enough opportunity to justify why they should be part of the team to the Rio Olympics.”

To those who were dropped, Coach Siasia told them not to see themselves as not being part of the plans of the technical crew, but a clarion call to work even harder, as the team will be going to the United States of America for its final camping exercise where the best will be selected for the Olympics.

The delegation of 20 players and 10 officials will be led by NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande.

The group is expected to depart Nigeria for Korea Republic on Monday, 30th May aboard an Ethiopian Airline flight, and arrive in Seoul on Tuesday.


  1. Emmanuel Daniel
  2. Yusuf Mohammed
  3. Emmanson Daniel
  4. Sincere Seth
  5. Ndifreke Effiong
  6. Segun Oduduwa
  7. Stanley Amuzie
  8. Julius Emiloju
  9. Erhun Obanor
  10. Saturday Erimuya
  11. Azubuike Okechukwu
  12. Usman Mohammed
  13. Stanley Dimgba
  14. Sodiq Popoola
  15. Saviour Godwin
  16. Taiwo Awoniyi
  17. Ubong Ekpai
  18. Abdulrahman Taiwo
  19. Nathan Oduwa
  20. Tiongoli Tonbara


Aisha JM