Pinnick: I’ll Make Sure Arsenal Release Iwobi For Olympics

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja

The Nigeria Football Federation have allayed fears on the availability of Arsenal FC of England youngster Alex Iwobi for Nigeria's Under-23 national team for the Rio Olympics in Brazil in July this year. 

Iwobi had told Skysports television that he wants to play for Nigeria at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil but that the decision is for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to say whether he goes or rest before their pre-season tour.

"I'll love to play at the Rio Olympics since my country has listed me for the games but Arsene has the final say on my going. If he wants me to rest ahead of the pre-season, it means I might not make it but I want to play," Iwobi told Sky Sports.

But NFF president Amaju Pinnick has assured that the federation will go the extra mile to ensure that Iwobi and other invited overseas-based players are made available to play for Nigeria at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. 

"I will talk to Arsene on the need to release Iwobi for our Olympic team," Pinnick told Completesportsnigeria.com. "We shall do everything possible to get all the players listed for the Olympics released by their respective clubs. Since the Olympics will come up during the off season, I don't anticipate any problem, but we shall try and talk the clubs to understand."  

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