By Johnny Edward:
Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao has been included in the provisional squad sent by the Colombian Olympic Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Colombia are drawn in Group B alongside Nigeria, Sweden and Japan.
According to Caracol Radio, Falcao was listed alongside Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega and Chinese Super League-based attacking midfielder Giovanni Moreno for the Games barring any last minute hitch.
The Colombia-based radio station also revealed that national U-23 coach, Carlos ‘Pisces’ Restrepo, is lining up two friendlies ahead of the Olympics.
“We thought about having some micro-sessions with the national players; a first training cycle in Colombia for six days, another in late May, then in June and in July,” the coach said.
“And also we want to play two international games. We are in talks to face Argentina in Miami. We are not ruling out that one game could be in Colombia.
“Hopefully we can meet the expectations we have. This team is very difficult to put together because the regulations don’t help in regards to releasing players. We want to put all our effort into it.”
Colombia are drawn in Group B alongside Sweden, Nigeria and Japan.