Rio 2016: I Have Picked My Over-aged Players – Siasia

Nigeria U-23 team coach, Samson Siasia has said he has made his choice on the three over aged players to be included in his team for this Summers Rio Olympics in Brazil.

The coach, however, insisted he will not disclose the names yet as it is too early to do so, while expressing optimism on his side’s chances of doing well at the tournament.

Recall, that Siasia last week invited 30 players to camp, with 100% of them under the age of 23.

Siasia said: “I already have in mind the three over aged players that I intend using at the Games.

“But I will not disclose their names for now as I think it’s still too early to do so. For me, there is no good or bad draw, for all the teams played qualifiers to get here.

“Besides, the Group B that we are in has two continental champions alongside Nigeria, so I don’t expect it to be a stroll in the park for us, but with quality preparations I am sure we will pick one of the tickets from this group.

“My target in Rio is to pick the gold medal having won the silver medal in Beijing in 2008, so when I get back to Nigeria, I will put heads together with my assistants to work out our preparations for the Games.”

The Dream team were drawn in Group B, alongside Sweden, Japan and Colombia and they will begin their campaign against Japan on August 4 at beautiful Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil.


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