Coach Samson Siasia
Nigeria Olympic team coach, Samson Siasia has named his final list of players for the forthcoming Rio Olympic Games.
Former U-17 and U-20 striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, was on the list of standby players as he failed to make the final 18-man squad list that has now been submitted.
Another high profile name missing in the Olympic squad is Kenneth Omeruo, who was omitted, as his availability couldn’t be guaranteed for the games.
Greuther Furth of Germany signing, Erhun Obanor has been left out despite the defender having been a part of the team and was captain at some point.
The Full List per Premium Times:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi, Emmanuel Daniel
Defenders: Sincere Seth, William Troost-Ekong, Saturday Erimuya, Kingsley Madu, Shehu Abdullahi, Ndifreke Udo, Stanley Amuzie
Midfielders: John Obi Mikel, Okechukwu Azubuike, Usman Mohammed, Saliu Popoola
Strikers: Junior Ajayi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Aminu Umar, Sadiq Umar, Imoh Ezekiel
Standby: Stanley Dimgba, Godwin Saviour, Yusuf Bala, Taiwo Awoniyi
Nigeria’s fist game of the competition is again against Japan on Thursday, August 4. Coach Siasia won silver in his last try at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.