Siasia drops Osimhen from Rio Olympics

Siasia drops Osimhen from Rio Olympics
Victor Osimhen (middle) displaying the U23 AFCON trophy

by Samm Audu

Thursday Jun 23, 2016. 08:49

Nigeria U20 striker and Wolfsburg-bound Victor Osimhen will not be at the Rio Olympics after he was left out of a 35-man provisional squad for the tournament submitted by coach Samson Siasia.

"Osimhen is not on this list," an official told

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Osimhen, who was the MVP and record goal king at the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile,  was a last-minute replacement for Granada CF striker Isaac Success for last year’s U23 AFCON in Senegal.

He even played a huge role in Nigeria beating hosts Senegal in the semi-finals of the tournament, which served as the qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics in August.

He also featured at a friendly against Rio hosts Brazil, which Nigeria won 1-0.

It was understood that Osimhen may have been left out for him to focus on theU20 AFCON qualifiers against Sudan next month.

Sudan host the Flying Eagles on July 8 with the return leg in Nigeria on July 22.

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