10 U23 AFCON champions survive Siasia clear-out

10 U23 AFCON champions survive Siasia clear-out
Nigeria U23s in Senegal last year.Most of them won't be in Rio...

by Samm Audu

Friday Jun 24, 2016. 14:47

About half of the squad who won the U23 AFCON for Nigeria have survived a massive reorganization by Samson Siasia ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Ten players on the squad to the Rio qualifiers in Senegal in December made the 35-man provisional squad.

The players are – Goalkeepers Emmanuel Daniel and Yusuf Mohammed, skipper Azubuike Okechukwu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Junior Ajayi, Taiwo Awoniyi, Sincere Seth, Ndifreke Udo, Usman Mohammed and Stanley Dimgba.

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The four over-aged players still in contention for a place at the summer games are  - Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Odion Ighalo (Watford) and Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor, Turkey).

Nine players who play their football in Nigeria are still on course for the Rio Olympics and they include little known Taiwo Abdulrahman from Kwara United.

Striker Abdulrahman scored two goals at the recent Suwon International Tournament in South Korea.

Interestingly, 19 of the 35-man squad have been capped at full international level by Nigeria and they include William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Godfrey Oboabona, Umar Aminu, Imoh Ezekiel, Musa Mohammed, Moses Simon, Kingsley Madu and Wilfred Ndidi.

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