Saturday, March 19, 2011


The duo of Super Eagles goalkeepers, Vincent Enyeama of Hapoel Tel Aviv and Dele Aiyenugba of Bnei Yehuda, both of Israel, have told coach Samson Siasia that they will hit the national team camp on Monday, March 20, 2011 ahead of preparations for the March 27 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia. Contrary to media reports suggesting that the duo will not be able join up with their national teammates until Thursday, 48 hours before the crucial game as a result of club commitments, Siasia says his two goalies for Ethiopia are keeping to the agreed schedule.

The former Enyimba goalkeepers, reports claimed, would play for their clubs on Wednesday March 23, which will make them to be available only on Thursday.

But Siasia rubbished such speculations, insisting that the duo will arrive on Monday and that they have communicated the secretary of the team about their arrival plans.

“It is not true,” Siasia barked. “They will arrive on Monday. They have informed the team’s secretary of their arrival plans,” Siasia added.

Siasia also explained that there is no club engagements for the players next week Wednesday and as a result, there is nothing to hold the players back in Europe.

“Next week is FIFA match free week. There is no club assignment after this weekend, so what could hold them back?,” the former Nigeria international querried.

He continued: “We are expecting them in camp on Monday. They have communicated with the Secretary (of the team) and I do not know where the issue of playing on Wednesday and returning on Thursday is coming from.”

Super Eagles goalkeepers trainer and former national team first choice goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu, had earlier revealed to Complete Sports, that contrary to media reports, the two goalkeepers will make an early arrival to the national team camp.

“There is no goalkeepers shortage in the team,” Shorunmu declared as he rubbished claims that Siasia is searching for a back-up goalkeeper from the home front.

“Vincent and Dele will be available well on time for the match and they have also confirmed their arrivals. So there is no need to invite any other goalkeeper to the camp.”
Siasia was quoted in the media to have made moves to hand a late call up to Warri Wolves goalkeeper, Ambrose Vanzekin as a back up.
“There is nothing like that,” Shorunmu emphasized.

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