Eguavoen charges players to prove selves in camp


National U-23 coach, Austin Eguavoen has charged the thirty invited players for the first phase of camping for the Olympic football team to count themselves privileged to have been given a nod to fight for shirt in his team.

The former Super Eagles coach also urged the players to cash in on this opportunity for a chance to do their fatherland proud.

“You must count yourselves lucky and privileged to be invited to a National team of a nation that has talents in abundance. And as such I expect you to cash in on this occasion to write your name on gold giving your best at all times in ensuring that Nigeria makes it to the London 2012 Olympic because Nigerians we all know will not accept anything less after we failed to make the all Africa games.

“I want to urge you to disabuse your minds from insinuations that we already have players for this team, the truth is that there is no automatic shirt for any player in this team. Therefore you must cease this opportunity and give us your best even at training.” added Eguavoen.

The coach added stressed the need for discipline explaining that he is looking for team players and not talented players.

“I know everyone of you here are naturally gifted and can do exceptional things with the ball. But I am not looking at your individual talent but how you use such talent for positive team work, because in this team our philosophy is to win.”

The National U-23, are preparing for the upcoming Eight Nations championship in Egypt next month.

They begin their campaign against Morocco on 27th November, before taking on Senegal three days later with a final group game against Algeria on December 3rd.
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