Siasia clears the air on Eduok’s age controversy

The embattled Dolphins FC Striker, Emem Eduok, has received the backing of the coach of the Nigeria U23 team, Samson Siasia, concerning the age controversy he is currently enmeshed in.

Siasia absolved Eduok of any blame as he fingered Dolphins FC and the League Management Company, LMC for improper handling of the vital information of the new Super Eagles sensation.

According to Siasia, Eduok will be gladly welcomed to fight for a spot in the U23 team being assembled once he resolves the age irregularities and controversies around him.

“The player came and never trained with the team as he said he was down with injury, and sought for permission to go and get himself properly treated before he returned; a request which I granted as I want the best from my players.” Siasia told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

Speaking further, the coach said he invited Eduok based on the fact that he knew the player was part of the team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and is aware that he is under the age.

“But when his name was sent to the League Management Company for clarification, like we did with the names of all the players invited from the Premier League, we noticed that his date of birth on his license sent to the LMC showed him to be 23 years of age, so the problem is between his club and the LMC, which I think should be sorted out in the interest of the player.”

According to Siasia, he needs all the best players Nigeria could offer, and that that was why he embarked on an open screening exercise to unearth good players. so he does not see how they would be shutting out a particular player who has shown to be one of the best this season.

Meanwhile, Siasia has said that there is no going back on the Friday closing date for the screening of players from the local scene.

He said due to the short time available for the technical crew, they needed to concentrate on the foreign-based players expected to start arriving camp from Saturday, December 6, with their screening starting Monday, December 8 at the FIFA Goal Project, Abuja.


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  • Martins

    You asked if we were deceived about this change and the answer is YES. The Presidency must set the standard. Look at the budget fiasco and see how much was set aside to take care of the President, his vice and even the Secretary to the govt of the federation and only then will you know we’re in deep trouble. The SGF has a very ridiculous amount set aside for provision of sporting equipment in the budget, the VP is going to be reading for Africa based on this same budget and yet you honestly expect the National Assembly to do otherwise. It’s not in our character.

  • Daniel

    The APC has a majority in the National Assembly. In the spirit of change and repentance, could they not have rejected this wastage and greed.

    There is no difference between APC and PDP.

  • Remi

    It is quite surprising that the highly cerebral, Tope Fasua,
    could feign ignorance of the character of the Nigerian political class, when he
    queried “Why is it Saraki’s form that was
    whipped out 13 years after? “. The simple answer is that, the Nigerian
    political elite condones impunity and betrayal only when it suits them; but are
    however, very quick to react to, and punish, it when it threatens their
    interests.

    From his antecedents, Saraki is one man who is so fond of
    burying bodies in secret places and, when you have such predilections, one
    thing you must carefully refrain from is offending the interests of those who
    know or, know those who know where your bodies are buried. But tragically, like
    the proverbial dog, who failed to heed the call of the hunter’s whistle, Saraki
    foolishly went against the interests of the custodians of his secrets.

    In all team games, be such games recreational, competitive
    or combative; anyone who participates as a team member should understand, and is
    well advised to abide by, that fundamental and critical ground rule of play, namely, being loyal to, and working in
    conformity with, the team goals and
    objectives. In the final analysis, it is profound wisdom to subsume their own
    personal goals and ambitions under the overarching team goals. Politics is doubtlessly, a team and tribal game
    and where a participant is not ready to play in team and / or tribal formation,
    then the best thing to do is to opt out of the team and independently pursue
    their own goals or do so, within another team, upon which they can impose their
    own writ.

    See or describe it as you may: “political smartness” or you may
    even deploy that popular table tennis parlance favoured by the sneaky opponent
    – “O Sho Won Serve “– to justify Saraki’s move against his party in the Senate on
    June 9 2015; the truth is that, in a team game, you do not ambush your team
    mates, let alone ambushing them by conniving with “the other tribe “. Doing so
    is asking for trouble

    The day he assumed the Senate Presidency, as he did, Saraki had
    destroyed the basis for trust and group loyalty. Hence, that his colleagues
    will come after him was only a matter of time.
    Every team sure has a way of dealing with those who betray the
    collective and that could range from ostracisation to elimination, and anything
    in between, depending on the nature of that team.

    So, for Saraki it is simply payback time, with “love “from
    his colleagues.