Head coach of Nigeria’s U-20 women team, Peter Dedevbo, has bemoaned the poor turnout of players to camp, ahead of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papau New Guinea.
Dedevbo revealed that most of the invited players, have been called back by their Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) clubs, to complete the rest of the season.
The coach had announced on Monday, that foreign-based players have been given a one-week extension to report to camp .
“This situation is not easy for me and my technical crew because a lot of the players we need to work with are being dragged away by their clubs to honour midweek and weekend League matches,” Dedevbo told NFF Media.
“Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and Sunshine Queens want their players for matches throughout the week till October 27.
“This is frustrating my training schedule because it means I have only few days to work with the full complement of players before we leave for the tournament.
“I have always built the foundation of my team on the home –based players. The absence of players affected the trial match we had on Sunday evening.
“I understand that they need these players to do well in the League, but we are running out of time and we need to draw a line between national interest and club interest.”
Nigeria are in Group B, along with Japan, Canada and Spain.