EXCLUSIVE By Johnny Edward:
Completesportsnigeria.com can exclusively report that Nigeria U-23s coach Samson Siasia has picked Super Eagles stars Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi as the three over-aged players for his squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Siasia who is currently in Port Harcourt for the Joseph Yobo testimonial got the approval to name current Nigeria skipper Mikel from the Chelsea for the Games during the coach’s recent visit to Chelsea’s Cobhams training ground this month, it was also gathered.
But Siasia may miss the services of Arsenal’s teenage star Alex Iwobi, as Arsenal are yet to clear the youngster.
However, the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Shehu Abdullahi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Azubuike Okechukwu are sure bets for the games.
Also Completesportsnigeria.com gathered that the chances of AS Roma duo of Nura Abdulahi and Sadiq Umar making the Olympic squad are slim.
Siasia recently named a 20-man squad expected to depart next Monday for the pre-Olympics Suwon invitational four-nation tournament.
Nigeria are in Group B alongside Sweden, Japan and Colombia at the Rio 2016 men’s football event.