John Obi Mikel and Daniel Akpeyi have been confirmed as the overage players in Nigeria’s Rio 2016 Olympic squad.
National U23 coach Samson Siasia decided to go with just the two senior players having initially submitted four names that included Odion Ighalo and Godfrey Ogboabona.
“Samson Siasia has submitted his 18-man list for this year’s Olympic football tournament in Rio, Brazil and I can authoritatively disclosed to you that the coach opted for only two over-age players and they are Mikel Obi and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi”, a source told Goal.
Super Eagles captain Mikel is expected to lead the side having missed out of the 2008 edition staged in Beijing, China where Nigeria bagged a silver medal following a 1-0 loss to Argentina in the final.
While Mikel’s inclusion in the team was never in doubt, it however comes as a big surprise that Ighalo hasn’t been selected given that coach Siasia is a big fan of the Watford hotshot.
The Dream Team VI continue their preparation for the Games which begin next month with a friendly match against Charleston Battery on Saturday morning (1 am) at the Silverbacks Stadium, Atlanta, United States of America.
Nigeria are up against Colombia, Japan and Sweden in the group stage of the event and will begin their campaign against the Japanese on August 4 at Amazônia Arena in Manaus.