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Dream Team depleted ahead All Africa Games

26 August 2015, 15:06

Abuja - The Nigeria U23 men's football team, the Dream Team VI will be missing several key players for next month's All Africa Games, News24 can confirm.

The Dream Team is currently putting finishing touches to their preparation ahead of their departure to Congo this weekend, and News24 has been told that several players who helped the team qualify will not make the final squad due to injuries and club engagements.

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"We have some of our players who were part of the qualifying series whom we won't have at the competition because they just signed for new clubs," team spokesperson, Timi Ebikagboro confirmed to News24.

"We hope some of them will meet us in Congo but a player like Shehu Abdullahi is out because his club has said outright that they won't be releasing him if it's not a FIFA window and the competition is not.

"Azubuike Okechukwu is the captain of the side and will play a match for his club in Turkey this weekend and hopefully will join us in Congo afterwards alongside Umar Aminu.

"But we've lost our left back, Stanley Amuzie, who had a surgery two days ago in Italy, Chima Akas is with the Super Eagles and Taiwo Awoniyi is travelling to England and we're not sure if Godwin Savior will join us in Congo," Ebikagboro confirmed.

Coach Samson Siasia is expected to announce his final squad shortly before they travel.

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