Siasia Recalls Victor Moses For Super Eagles game Against Egypt

Published on: 04 March 2016
Siasia Recalls Victor Moses For Super Eagles game Against Egypt
Samson Siasia


Moses has not played for Nigeria since his celebrated fall-outformer coach Stephen Keshi at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil with in 2014.

He similarly rejected an olive branch by the immediate past coach Sunday Oliseh, for the friendly matches against DR Congo and Cameroun in Belgium, last year saying he wanted to focus on his club football.

He is one of the 20 foreign-based players listed in the 42-man squad summoned for the two Group G matches billed for Kaduna on March 25 and Alexandra, four days later. Siasia also invited Aaron Samuel, who was a main vertebrae of the team under Keshi but was frozen out by Oliseh in 14 official engagements.

Some few surprise call ups too as Siasia gambled with a few new comers. They include Fenando Adi of Portland Timbers of USA, Stanley Amuzie of Olhanense FC, Portugal and Aminu Umar, who plays for Osmanlispor FK, Turkey.

“I believe in the players I have listed and I want to passionately appeal to Nigerians, give us total support. It will not be easy, but we will triumph. I will give everything that I have to offer for us to win both matches. The six points are very crucial,” Siaisia said.

The foreign legionnaires will be joined by 22 home-based players who will open camp in Abuja on Sunday. Though Siasia intensified talks to convince former goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and hit-man Emmanuel Emenike out of retirement, he admitted failure in landing the duo.

According to him, Enyeama, who fell out with Oliseh in Belgium, told him international football was no longer his priority. Siasia said he asked Enyeama to inform him when he is ready to play for the country once again as his experience can still be relied upon.

Siasia, who stressed the essence of the Africa Cup of Nations fixtures against Egypt, said that Nigeria could not afford to lose the home tie to the Pharaohs.

He disclosed that the NFF has helped him to acquire about six video tapes of the past games of the Pharaohs, which he is currently studying, adding that the tapes would guide him in mapping out his strategies to beat them in Kaduna.

The ex international however, expressed his worries about the weather in Kaduna, saying that the his band of foreign based players might struggle to cope with the heat. Siasia also expressed worries over the availability of his selected home-based players due to their full involvement in the Nigeria Professional Football League, (NPFL), which has just resumed.

He appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), to convince the League Management Company, (LMC) to suspend the midweek league actions in order that the local players can focus and concentrate on the task against Egypt, especially as the matches would be on week days.