Rio Olympics: Coach Samson Siasia Submits 23-Man Squad To NFF


Coach of the Nigerian U23 team, Samson Siasia has released his 23-man squad for the football tournament at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

Coach Samson Siasia who will be taking the Nigerian Olympic team to Rio has named his 23-man squad for the Olympic Games.

He submitted his list to the Nigeria Football Federation in time to beat Thursday’s deadline.

Super Eagles skipper John Obi Mikel in as one of the over-aged players selected by Siasia alongside goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

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Mikel and Akpeyi have been selected as the over-aged players to be part of Dream Team VI at the Rio Olympics in August.

The Chelsea midfielder is expected to lead Coach Samson Siasia’s side as captain.

Nigeria will begin their quest for gold against Japan on August 4.

Mikel Captain of Siasia’s Squad For Rio Olympics

Chelsea defensive midfielder Mikel Obi and Chippa United goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi were named as the over-aged players that will fly the country’s colours in Brazil.

Mikel, who failed to attend the Beijing 2008 Olympics where Nigeria won a silver medal, is believed to have been keen on going to Brazil. As a result, he has been included in the list as one of the over-aged players.

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Reports from sources at the Nigeria Football Federation say that coach Samson Siasia opted for two senior players instead of the mandatory three as the competition kicks off in Brazil next month.

Nigeria’s Dream Team VI will play in Group B at the Rio 2016 Olympics alongside Sweden, Colombia and Japan.

Coach Siasia is hopeful his squad will win gold and repeat the feat of the Dream Team who won gold in the 1996 Olympics.