Victor Osimhen has confirmed his inclusion to the Nigeria U23 team by Coach Samson Siasia. The forward has also denied rumours about joining Tottenham
Osimhen confirmed this on TVC News’ sister channel TVC E’s daily sports programme ‘ TVC Sports Centre’, when he was asked about all the attention he has been getting since receiving the Golden Boot at the Under-17 World Cup.
He said, ” I’m trying to forget about all things concerning my contract and just focus on resuming training with the Under-23 Super Eagles and doing well with them”.
Osimhen also rejected claims that he has signed for English club side Tottenham F.C.
He said, “I have not signed any contracts with any club, there are many club sides interested in me but I want to just focus on playing well and leave the contract talks to my representatives, I trust them to do a good job”
Osimhen broke the nine-goal record previously set by Florent Sinama Pongolle of France in 2001 and Ivory Coast’s Souleymane Coulibaly in 2011 at the just concluded FIFA Under 17 world cup in Chile.
Samson Siasia is faced with the task of qualifying the Nigeria U23 team for next year’s Olympic games in Rio, Brazil, Osimhen and 4 other players from Amuneke will join the rest of 26 players invited by Siasia to Morocco for their Pre-African U23 Cup of Nations training.
SIASIA ON THE FOUR GOLDEN EAGLETS PLAYERS INVITED
Speaking on the qualities that made him invite them, Siasia said: “I have been monitoring the progress of these boys while the team was being built by my brother, Emmanuel Amunike.
“Don’t forget we were in the same hotel and used the same pitch to train and I have been impressed with what I saw them do in Chile, so I think what I just did was rewarding them for a job well done.
“Their invitation is only to tell other players that they too can progress to the senior cadre if they are level headed and keep working on their game. For me age is not a factor; if they can give me what I want, then they will be part of my team to Senegal. But they must justify their invitation for no player in my team has an automatic place.”
Head coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team, Samson Siasia has invited Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali, John Lazarus and Udochukwu Anumudu, as he continues to prepare for the 2015 African U-23 Championship in Senegal. The quartet formed the core of the Golden Eaglets that successfully defended their U-17 World Cup title in Chile this month. Siasia explained Siasia calls up Osimhen, Nwakali for U-23 Africa Nations Cup…