Nigeria Olympic team train in England, USA for Rio

Nigeria Olympic team train in England, USA for Rio
Nigeria Olympic team coach Siasia

by Staff Reporter

Sunday May 29, 2016. 12:54

Nigeria Olympic team will train in Manchester, England, and Atlanta, in the United States of America preparatory to the Rio Olympics in August.

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The Nigeria U23 team, led by coach Samson Siasia, will this week feature at the Suwon Invitational Tournament in Korea.

Thereafter they will train in Manchester before heading to Atlanta, USA, from where it will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics.

Atlanta was the setting for Nigeria’s triumph at the men’s football tournament of the Olympics in 1996 – a first for an African country.

And Siasia said he can reproduce this feat in Rio.

“Not many people gave us a chance going to the African finals in Senegal. We love it that way because so much focus is on the other teams and we are able to concentrate on devising our own strategies,” he said.

“The last time I took the U-23 to the Olympics, we won silver. This time, we will aim for gold.”

In Rio, Nigeria will play in Group B of the tournament against Sweden, Colombia and Japan.

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