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.