Under-23 coach, Samson Siasia, says he had not lost hope of having Kelechi Iheanacho in his squad for the All Africa Games slated for September in Congo Brazaville.
Siasia, however, said that Iheanacho would not be guaranteed automatic shirt ahead of the forthcoming All Africa Games and Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal in November.
“Kelechi has been in our programme and in our plans but he has always been involved with his club,” Siasia said.
“We already have overseas based players in our team and if anybody wants to try out they are free to come and if he (Iheanacho) is available he will come,” Siasia added.
“If he comes he won’t be guaranteed a place in the team because everybody that comes in will have to fight for a place and he will not be an exception,” Siasia said.