Coach Samson Siasia has had a one-on-one talks with Chelsea star, John Obi Mikel as well as Watford’s Odion Ighalo to know their availabi...
Coach Samson Siasia has had a one-on-one talks with Chelsea star, John Obi Mikel as well as Watford’s Odion Ighalo to know their availability or otherwise for the Rio Olympics.
Siasia has three slots for over-aged players and the likes of Mikel and Ighalo are seen as possible choices to fill the quota in the Dream Team VI that would be hunting for gold in Brazil later in the year.
“Yes, Siasia has met with Mikel, he was at Stanford Bride for the Chelsea game against Leicester City” a source in London said.Having also met with Ighalo, Siasia while in London is also expected to have talks with the trio of Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi as he looks towards building a formidable team that would challenge for gold in Rio.
Nigeria have been drawn in the same group with Sweden, Japan and Colombia at the men’s football event of the Summer Olympic Games. Siasia led Nigeria to a second-place finish at the Beijing 2008 Olympics; losing in the finals to a Lionel-Messi inspired side.
This term, Siasia is craving to go one step better to repeat the feat of the Atlanta’ 96 team which 20 years ago beat the likes of Argentina and Brazil to gold.