Coach Samson Siasia has said he will pick Watford striker Odion Ighalo to score goals for him at the Rio Olympics in August. The 26...
Coach Samson Siasia has said he will pick Watford striker Odion Ighalo to score goals for him at the Rio Olympics in August.
The 26-year-old Ighalo will be one of three over-age stars Nigeria will pick for the summer Olympics.
“It is obvious that we will consider Odion because he is the only Super Eagles player playing and scoring goals in the Premier League,” Siasia told the local Sun newspaper. “Everybody is looking at him and he is good boy, gentle and discipline. “I can tell you that if he is in good shape when we want to go for the tournament, he will of course be one of the players we want to pick. “We need somebody like him to score for us.”
Ighalo has scored 14 goals in the Premier League this season. Incidentally, Siasia named the striker as his captain at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt.
However, the former Super Eagles striker tactically ruled out the inclusion of Chelsea of England midfielder, Mikel Obi from the squad that will travel to Brazil.
“We really don’t want to talk about the over aged players for now because we must have to know the areas of interest. But really we have some but they must have to be in form by then. And talking of Mikel, if he comes to me and says he wants to play, I will ask him for what reason? Why do you want to play, are you sure you really want to play? I don’t really want to talk about Mikel.
He is doing well now and I am happy for him and I hope he will come and help Nigeria to prosecute this difficult match against Egypt next month.