AfricanFootball can exclusively reveal the three over-aged players coach Samson Siasia plans to take to the Rio Olympics in August – ...
These are the only over-aged players on the 60-man provisional squad for the summer games, we have exclusively gathered.
Siasia himself reasoned Mikel, 28, is keen on playing at Rio after he missed out on Beijing Olympics in 2008. The coach has not hidden his admiration for 26-year-old Ighalo, who he made captain for the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt.
He has also praised the striker’s form in front of goal even though he has struggled to score in recent weeks now for club and country. Ahmed Musa though was a surprise choice after Siasia stripped him of the Super Eagles captaincy in March.
The CSKA Moscow flying winger looks set to quit the Russian club in the summer with the English Premier League a likely destination.
He has played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2013 AFCON as well as the 2011 U20 World Cup.
Nigeria, whose Olympic team are better known as Dream Team VI, are drawn in Group B alongside Japan, Colombia and Sweden at the games, which begin on August 4.