By Richard JIdeaka, Abuja:
Ahead of the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal, Manchester City have given the Nigeria Football Federation conditions for releasing their young Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho for the Rio Olympic games qualifying tournament.
Official sources revealed to Completesportsnigeria.com that Man City are insisting that they get a firm assurance from the NFF that Iheanacho will feature in all the U-23 Eagles games at the championship billed to kick off on November 26.
“Man City are willing to release Iheanacho for the U-23 AFCON if coach Samson Siasia gives them assurance that he will feature him in almost all the matches the Nigerian team plays in Senegal,” the source told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“It’s like they want him to continue his development by getting game time while away from the City’s first team. Siasia has yet to give such guarantee of Iheanacho starting all the games but insists that the former Eaglet must prove himself to play all games.”
Complete Sports gathered that aside from Iheanacho, Siasia has also received assurance by the clubs of Kingsley Madu, Taiwo Awoniyi and Wilfred Ndidi to make them available for the final phase of the African qualifiers for the Brazil Olympics.
According to the source, these players who are expected to strengthen the U-23 Eagles have on their part promised Siasia that they will arrive early enough to train with the team and make the final cut for the tournament
Meanwhile, new players like home-based Super Eagles player Bature Yaro have been invited to join the team after the CHAN qualifier with Burkina Faso, while Stephen Eze of Sunshine Stars FC and Jimoh Oni of Heartland FC are to join immediately.