Sidney Sam agrees to play for Nigeria- Keshi


The international player will join the Super Eagles ahead of the Nations Cup in South Africa.


Bayer Leverkusen of Germany attacker, Sidney Sam, has finally indicated his readiness to play for Nigeria ahead of the African Nations Cup in South Africa, Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has said.

Keshi made this disclosure at the Bolton White Apartment of the team on Wednesday, during the weekly media parley.

The coach said Sam gave his words after he persuaded the player to play for the country of his father’s birth.

“He’s keen to join up with us, so we will wait and see how he responds when we open camp for the Nations Cup, but I have spoken to him and he sounded very enthusiastic to be part of the setting,” Keshi said.

Born, January 31, 1988, of a Nigerian Father in Kiel Germany, Sidney Sam played for the German youth teams, the Germany U-19 and U-20. He is however eligible to play for Nigeria as he has not played for German senior team.

Keshi also said the camping for the Nations Cup, which will open December 17, will not be open to all comers but only those players who have been carefully selected; as there is no time for experimentation again in the national team ahead of the Nations Cup.

The Super Eagles will on Thursday morning trade tackles with an Abuja amateur side, Abuja Football Academy, at the training pitch of the Abuja National Stadium.

The match is scheduled for 8 a.m. and is one of the tune-up games for the team ahead of its international friendly against Venezuela in Miami, USA on November 14.


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